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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
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The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a nomination hearing for President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next Inspector General of the U.S. Department of...more
The Senate will convene today, Monday, January 27, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1926, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. At...more
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
Earlier today, I posted about the political difficulties inherent in reforming flood insurance programs to avoid subsidizing those who choose to live in coastal areas subject to flooding. When even Democratic legislators...more
A story in E&E Daily on October 30 highlighted the difficult choices – including political choices – that are going to have to be faced in the process of adapting to climate change. The story noted that a number of...more
The United States Congress has returned from its summer recess. On its first full day back in session, the U.S. House of Representatives passed (by a vote of 397-6) long-stalled legislation that would fundamentally alter the...more
On July 15, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) released a discussion draft of a bill intended to improve the solvency of the FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMI...more
This past spring, the insurance and banking lobbies created quite a stir in the water and fire damage mitigation and restoration industry....more
The damage and dislocation caused by Superstorm Sandy have triggered the recent passage of numerous bills by the New York Legislature. One of the most controversial governmental responses is embodied in two similar bills —...more
We previously reported on the New Jersey Legislature’s attempts to enact a bill that would allow policyholders to sue an insurer for bad faith in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey Assembly Bill A3710 is still...more
Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1770 (CS/SB 1770) passed by the 2013 Florida Legislature creates a “keep-out” clearinghouse to reduce the size and type of exposures insured by Citizens Property Insurance Corporation...more
The recently published federal budget (titled “Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013”) included high level guidance regarding the Government’s priorities for the regulation of financial institutions, services and markets. The...more
The New York Times reported today that Governor Cuomo is proposing to spend $400 million to buy out owners of property to avoid a recurrence of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. I have to say that I have been persuaded...more
Nov. 1 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the week's most important legal news. Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast of the United States and legal issues are beginning to emerge. Also, General...more
April 17 marks the end of legislators’ per diem, but session will continue beyond that date as budget and property tax negotiations continue. Progress has been made however, with most budget bills being assigned to conference...more
Introduced by Assembly Member Ted Gaines (R), AB 2022 revamps California’s Residential Property Disclosure Form (current page 3; new page 10) and the accompanied California Residential Property Insurance Bill of Rights...more
Legislative Amendments Affect Chapter 718 (Condominium Act) and Chapter 720 of the Florida Statutes
On June 1, 2010, Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law Senate Bill 1196, which amends, among other things, portions of...more
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