We previously reported on the New Jersey legislature’s attempt to pass reform bills as a response to Superstorm Sandy. Although New Jersey Assembly Bill A3710 died when referred to the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, the legislature recently passed Senate Bill S1804 (combined with S1306), which details how the state can distribute Superstorm Sandy federal aid relief, and established a Bill of Rights for Superstorm Sandy victims.
In relevant part, the Bill of Rights helps to ensure that victims of Superstorm Sandy can seek compensation from multiple recovery programs as well as through any applicable insurance. If a victim is not wholly compensated through their insurance carrier, the Bill of Rights can apply to a governmental recovery program to aid in the victim’s effort to be made whole for any losses resulting from the storm. According to this law, the State cannot deny applicants seeking aid merely because they have other applications pending for financial relief. Now, victims have multiple avenues to be compensated for the damage occurred by Superstorm Sandy.
In June 2013, we reported on the 12 new insurance reform bills bassed by the New York State Assembly in response to Superstorm Sandy.