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Dodd-Frank Act Changes Are Coming

For over four years after enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act (“Dodd-Frank”), President Obama and the Democratic Senate successfully blocked any changes to that act. For example, in the 113th Congress, the House passed 26 bills...more

SOTU mentions housing!

President Obama’s State of the Union address touched briefly on housing issues. With a focus on “middle class economics”, it was inevitable that we would hear about homeownership rather than rental housing. He mentioned lower...more

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2014

2014 was a year replete with new legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting federally regulated financial institutions. The key initiatives introduced or implemented in 2014 are outlined in our annual year in review....more

U.S. Treasury and Commerce Release Revised Cuba Sanctions Regulations

A pre-release of the revised regulations from the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) identifies the extensive changes in...more

Illinois Industrial Insured Self-Procurement Tax Guidance Announced

As we have previously covered in detail, at the end of its 2014 regular legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly enacted a multimillion dollar tax on Illinois companies using captive insurance arrangements. The law...more

Life Insurers Gain Ground in Legislative Fix

The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to pass legislation (H.R. 5461) intended to clarify capital standards for insurance companies under the supervision of the Federal Reserve Board. The bill, sponsored by...more

Effects of the New Federal Spending Package on the Health Sector

In mid-December, President Obama signed into law a $1.1 trillion spending bill known as the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015” or “Cromnibus.”[1] This post explores provisions that relate to the...more

TRIA Rides Off Into the Sunset

The 113th Congress is history and, unfortunately, so is TRIA. TRIA, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, came into existence in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks as a way of ensuring that insurance against terrorist...more

TRIA Extension Fails: An Initial Guide to Next Steps

To the surprise of many, Congress failed to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 ("TRIA"), which is set to expire at the end of this year. Many hope that TRIA in some form will be re-authorized early in 2015 and,...more

Before Adjourning, US Congress Adopts Budget With Dodd-Frank Amendments; Fails To Pass Terrorism Risk Insurance Legislation

Before the 113th Congress adjourned on December 16, Congress adopted the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, which ensures the federal government operates with budget certainty until September...more

President Signs Changes to Collins Amendment Favorable to Insurers

On December 18, President Obama signed into law the Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014 (the Act). The Act makes it clear that the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (the Fed) is not required to apply...more

Streamlined Regulation for Insurance Companies

The Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014 has been presented to President Obama for signature. The bill will: Add language to Section 171 of Dodd-Frank to clarify that, in establishing minimum capital...more

If It’s December, It Must Finally Be Time for Congress to Do Something About TRIA

It looks like Congress is finally turning its attention to reauthorizing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA). The statute will sunset on December 31st unless action is taken before then....more

What The US Mid-Terms Mean For The Insurance Sector

Last week the Republican party surprised many observers by securing substantial gains in the 2014 mid-term elections at multiple levels of government. Republicans won control of the US Senate and increased their majority in...more

FIO Focus, Issue No. 61 - Congressional Financial Stability Oversight Council Oversight Hearing

On September 17, 2014, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held an oversight hearing on Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC)....more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Senate to vote on TRIA reauthorization bill, Federal Reserve Membership - This week, the Senate is expected to consider a bill (S. 2244) that would reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance...more

NY Bill Seeks to Strip Insurers of Discretion When Substance Abuse Services Should Be ERISA Preempted

The New York State Senate is considering passing Bill No. 4326 which seeks to address an epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse by requiring insurers to provide in-patient treatment to addicts. Publicity over the...more

FIO Focus, Issue No. 51: Legislation Introduced to Clarify Collins Amendment

Concerns that minimum leverage and risk-based capital requirements required under section 171 of the Dodd-Frank Act would be applied to insurance companies have been addressed in S. 2270, sponsored by Susan Collins (R-ME),...more

President Signs Flood Insurance Bill

On March 21, President Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013, which includes several provisions impacting previously enacted mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements. The bill, among...more

FIO Focus, Issue No. 46: Congressional Hearing on the FIO's Modernization Report 02.06.14

Devoted to exploring the progress of the modernization of the insurance industry, FIO Focus provides information and insights about the organizations and issues that are driving change and influencing the future of the...more

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

SENATE VOTE ON FED CHAIR EXPECTED THIS WEEK - The Senate is expected to hold a vote on the confirmation of Ms. Janet Yellen to be Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors this week. In addition to pushing for a...more

FIO Focus - November 2013, Issue 43

On November 19, 2013, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled "A General Overview of Disparate Impact Theory." The hearing covered the use of disparate impact...more

Paul & Patty’s Potluck: Budget Conference Could Have Big Implications for Tax Reform

After weeks of tense negotiations, Congress passed legislation on October 16, 2013 to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. As part of the deal, congressional leaders agreed to establish a conference to...more

As shutdown week 2 approaches, 4 subtle signs of a possible deal

Congressional sources indicate, however, that a deal might not come together politically until very close to the October 17 - 18 deadline at which Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has warned Congress that, absent additional...more

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