Topic: Federal Legislative Developments

New Federal Bill Would Allow Risk Retention Groups to Cover Property

A bill recently introduced in the House seeks to expand the authority of Risk Retention Groups (“RRGs”) to write property, and not just commercial casualty, coverage. HR 3794, which was introduced on a bipartisan basis, would permit RRG’s to write property coverage for nonprofits with tax-exempt status, as well as educational and education-related institutions that are non-profits or governmental entities.

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GLBA Annual Privacy Notice Eliminated under Certain Circumstances: Buried in a Highway Bill!

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Highway Bill, dubbed Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”), into law. Buried in the 490 page transportation law is a significant amendment to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act’s (“GLBA”) annual consumer privacy notice requirement.

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Several Insurance Related Issues to Dominate as Congress Returns to Work

As Congress returns to work this week, a number of issues impacting the insurance and financial services industries are expected to be evaluated. First, on Thursday, September 10, two House subcommitees will hold a hearing about the Department of Labor’s proposed fiduciary rule, which seeks to define who is a fiduciary of an employee benefit plan under ERISA as a result of giving investment advice to a plan or its participants or beneficiaries. 

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Legislation Reintroduced to Clarify Application of NRRA to Captives

As discussed in our earlier article on the topic (a copy of which can be accessed here) and our prior entry on this site (which can be accessed here), uncertainty remains over whether the self-procurement tax and regulatory provisions of the Non-admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act, enacted as a part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, apply to non-admitted insurance procured from a captive insurance company.

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“NARAB II” Will Ease Insurance Producer Nonresident Licensing Burden

Anthony B. Sherman, partner in our Chicago office, discusses how Congress has put in place a mechanism to streamline nonresident licensing for insurance producers. The National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act of 2015 was included in the federal legislation reauthorizing TRIA, the ‘‘Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015” (H.R. 26) (TRIPRA), which President Obama signed into law on January 12, 2015.

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