Florida Lawmakers Repeal Ban on Smokable Medical Marijuana

Article 0 Comments The Florida Legislature met Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ deadline to hand him a bill to repeal the state’s ban on smokable medical marijuana when the House passed the legislation Wednesday. While lawmakers aren’t necessarily in favor of allowing medical marijuana to be smoked, they faced the prospects […]

Arkansas Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Testing of Self-Driving Cars

Article 0 Comments The Arkansas Legislature has approved a bill that allows pilot programs to test fully autonomous vehicles on state roads. The measure will let organizations submit operation and safety plans for up to three autonomous vehicles which would be able to operate on Arkansas roads. The bill’s sponsor, […]

Texas Regulators Urge Flexibility in Claim/Dispute Deadlines for Windstorm Insurer

Article 0 Comments The Texas Department of Insurance in its 2018 Biennial Report to the legislature has recommended amending state law to permit more flexibility in time limits for handling and resolving claims and disputes brought to the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). Flexible deadline extensions would increase consumer protections […]

Georgia Gov. Calls Special Session to Address Hurricane Michael Recovery Costs

Article 0 Comments Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has called a special session of the state legislature to grapple with the recovery costs from Hurricane Michael. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the governor’s office expects the state’s portion of cleanup costs to be approximately $100 million. Although federal disaster funding may […]

North Carolina Lawmakers Approve Florence Recovery Legislation, $57M in Funding

Article 0 Comments In a rare show of bipartisanship, the North Carolina legislature quickly approved Tuesday legislation described as financial and policy down payments on what’s expected to be a long, expensive recovery from Hurricane Florence. Barely two weeks after the storm’s last rains left the state, the Republican-controlled General […]

California Legislature Passes Bill Aimed Collecting Data and Helping Wildfire Victims

Article 0 Comments The California Legislature has passed Senate Bill 824, a bill aimed at provided information to the California Department of Insurance related to fire risk information on the residential property policies issued by insurers. The bill prohibits insurers from canceling or refusing to renew a policy based solely […]

Hawaii’s Big Island to Seek $550M for Volcano Disaster Recovery

Article 0 Comments Big Island Mayor Harry Kim is planning to ask the Hawaii Legislature for $550 million for disaster recovery following the effects of the Kilauea volcano eruption. Kim said he discussed a conceptual plan with Gov. David Ige last week, and Hawaii County officials are preparing a package […]

Massachusetts Lawmakers Approve Rental, Voter, Climate Bills as Deadline Looms

Article 0 Comments The Massachusetts Legislature gave final approval Monday to a bill that would tax and regulate short-term rentals, including those offered by Airbnb and other online platforms. After weeks of negotiations, House and Senate lawmakers reached agreement on the compromise bill over the weekend. It called for extending […]

Florida Officials Enact Few Changes for 2018 Hurricane Season

Article 0 Comments Florida’s governor and Legislature promised a dizzying array of fixes following the devastation of last year’s hurricanes. But heading into a new storm season, the state has enacted only a few changes – the largest aimed at protecting seniors in nursing homes. Friday’s official start of hurricane […]

California Wildfire Insurance Bills Moved Forward by Committee

Article 0 Comments A policy committee in California Legislature has unanimously approved a pair of wildfire-inspired bills by Assemblyman Marc Levine requiring insurance companies to notify homeowners whether their policies are sufficient to rebuild or replace their homes after a disaster. Assembly Bill 1799 and Assembly Bill 1800, authored by […]