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83rd Texas Legislature: Update from the Capitol

The 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature is in its sixth week, with Senate and House committees meeting regularly and with groups of NAIFA-Texas members reviewing bills of interest to agents.

At the first meeting of the House Insurance Committee February 19th, the agenda included invited testimony from Insurance Commissioner Kitzman and Associate Commissioner for Life & Health Katrina Daniel.  Kitzman said that seventy-five percent of her time had been spent on issues relating to the stability of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) which remains under administrative oversight from a year ago.  Daniel fielded questions regarding implementation of the Afforable Care Act relating, in particular, to the federal government’s implementation of a state health insurance exchange in the face of Texas’ decision not to create one of our own.

March 8th will mark the deadline for filing bills and joint resolutions other than local bills.  To date nearly 2,500 bills and resolutions have been filed.  Standby for legislative alerts from now to the session’s end May 27th.