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PIA National Applauds the Passage of Bipartisan Flood
Reauthorization in House Committee

The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) applauds the passage of bipartisan legislation in the House Financial Services Committee to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and reauthorize it for five years. The compromise bill was released June 6 by House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-NC). The NFIP is currently slated to expire September 30, 2019 and is on its 12th short term extension since 2017.

"After nearly two years of seemingly never-ending short-term extensions, PIA National thanks Chairwoman Waters and Ranking Member McHenry for working together in a bipartisan way to pass this common-sense legislation out of the Financial Services Committee," said PIA National vice president of government relations Jon Gentile. "Their leadership has ended the treatment of the NFIP as a political hot potato, which has been unfair and even dangerous for the millions of NFIP policyholders, as well as those who have been impacted by flooding events."

The legislation recognizes and preserves the critical role of the independent agent, provides continuous coverage protections to policyholders who leave the NFIP to purchase a private flood policy and return to the program, makes important investments in mitigation, and increases funds for mapping. In addition, the bill maintains grandfathering and the gradual implementation of actuarially sound rates.

Notable for PIA members is the absence of any provision that would impede the ability of independent agents to be fairly compensated for their work on the notoriously complicated flood program. Such a provision was included in legislation that passed the House last Congress. PIA National led the effort to encourage members to leave out such a provision in the NFIP legislation passed by the committee today.


PIA Legislative Final Report

We will be sending you and updating our website as well with a final Legislative Report, but of course most of you have already read from other forms of communications that we lost the battles with our tort reform efforts and distracted driving bill. While we may have lost on that front, this fall will be another opportunity to have our voice heard. Be sure to get involved in the elections process. There will be quite a few open seats and many are termed out to run again. That means we can have some influence in who gets those seats. We have plenty of funds in our PAC account and we want to give to those who will vote favorably for our issues. Be sure to contact EVP Jody Boudreaux with anyone from your area that is running that you think we should support. We'll also be sending our a report card of how legislators voted on our issues this past Session and be sure to read it and respond by voting at the polls for those that are friendly to our industry!

Upcoming PIA Events
08/27/2019 -- CPIA Update Class
(Kenner, LA)

08/29/2019 -- 1752 Club Saints Kickoff Party
(Metairie, LA)

09/04/2019 -- New Orleans Chapter Meeting

09/10/2019 -- CISR Personal Auto

09/10/2019 -- Northeast Chapter Meeting

09/11/2019 -- Baton Rouge Chapter Meeting

09/12/2019 -- North Shore Poker Crawl

09/17/2019 -- CPIA-1 Position for Success

09/17/2019 -- Acadiana Chapter Meeting

09/17/2019 -- CISR Personal Residential

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U.S. Had 500 Tornadoes in 30 Days

If you've been thinking that there have been a lot of tornadoes lately, you're correct.

The U.S. Storm Prediction Center reported that the United States experienced 500 tornadoes in the past 30 days, as a trapped jet stream in the atmosphere became "stuck in neutral." In the past seven decades, only 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2011 have faced that many tornado reports in a 30-day period, said Bill Bunting, chief of forecast operations at the center. While he did not say it was unprecedented, he did say, "It certainly has been unusual."

The tornadoes have been driven by larger weather patterns that also have led to widespread rains and flooding across the Great Plains and Midwest. A low-pressure area is stuck over the Pacific Northwest, while high pressure sits on top of the southern states, allowing a stream of powerful winds to slice through the center, drawing energy from the Gulf of Mexico.

Social media has given the public the means to both record and report tornadoes like never before, and that may be one of the reasons that the most abundant years have all been within the past two decades, Bunting said.

NFIP's 2019 Hurricane Season Marketing Campaign

As part of PIA's ongoing partnership with The Hartford's flood insurance program, we are proud to provide PIA members with the latest Flood Agent eNewsletter produced by The Hartford for its flood insurance agents. This month's contents address FEMA's new hurricane season marketing campaign, October 2019 changes, and NFIP technical bulletins.

In addition to The Hartford's eNewsletters, PIA members visiting PIA's Flood Insurance Marketing Support Center can download flyers to help their personal lines and commercial lines clients prepare for floods, deal with the aftermath of flooding, and how to prepare for a visit by an adjuster. The Hartford also provides marketing materials to help your agency market flood insurance.

PIA thanks The Hartford for making these excellent materials available to all PIA members, regardless of their participation in PIA's flood insurance program with The Hartford.

PIA members who want to earn great flood insurance commissions while working with a top-flight Write-Your-Own flood insurance company should consider the PIA/Hartford flood insurance program.

To learn more about The PIA/Hartford Flood Program:
  • Visit www.pianet.com/hartfordfloodinsurance
  • Watch a prerecorded webinar.
  • Contact Joseph M. Surowiecki, Jr. of The Hartford at 860-547-5006 or joseph.surowiecki@thehartford.com.

Coming Webinars

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— June 26 at 12 PM ET.

Sell PIA Cyber Insurance — July 2 at 2 PM ET

PIA Market Access — July 16 at 3 PM ET.

Thanks to Our 2019 PIA Partners:

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SafePoint Insurance

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