Topic: Federal Legislative Developments

Surplus Lines Developments: Potential Legislation May Open U.S. Flood Market to Surplus Lines Insurers

As we have previously reported here, the United States National Flood Insurance Program (“NFIP”) is set to expire in September 2017, at which point surplus lines insurers may find themselves with an opportunity to fill a rapidly-evolving market.

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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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