Topic: Federal Legislative Developments

U.S. House Approves Amendments to Dodd-Frank Capital Requirements

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5461 by a vote of 327-97 (the “Bill”). Most significant to the insurance industry is Title I of the Bill, which clarifies the application of certain leverage and risk-based requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). 

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Senate Passes new TRIA Bill; Awaits Response from House

On July 17, 2014, the Senate passed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014, extending the original Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (“TRIA”) for an additional seven years. If the bill is ultimately signed into law, it will mark a victory for Senator Schumer, who introduced the original version of the bill in April of this year, as well as many industry participants who have been advocating for an extension of TRIA in order to provide clarity and stability with respect to terrorism risks. 

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CFPB’s Proposed Amendment to Regulation P Would Allow Financial Institutions That Limit Data-Sharing to Post Annual GLB Privacy Notices Online

On May 6, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) proposed an amendment to Regulation P (the “Proposed Amendment”) that would allow financial institutions that do not engage in certain types of information-sharing to largely cease mailing the annual consumer privacy notices required by the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (“GLB”) if they post their privacy notices on their websites and meet certain other conditions. 

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