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Around the PIA Western Alliance States

Posted By Staff writer, Tuesday, April 30, 2019


All around the Western Alliance PIA



Governor’s Distracted Driving Veto: Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill into law last week making it illegal to talk on the phone, send text messages, watch videos on a mobile device, etc. while driving.


“The hands-free mobile device policy is narrowly tailored to a specific behavior — using our mobile devices while driving,” Ducey wrote. The bill he vetoed — SB 1141 — would have included food and other distractions to the law.


Ducey said he didn’t want to confuse people and — for now — the bill he signed into law will do.


Source link: Eastern Arizona Courier



Lara Rejects Fossil Fuel Petition: California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has said no to a petition by 60 public interest groups to force insurance companies to disclose their fossil fuel business investments.


Lara said no to the petition because it “only targets a single element of the much broader challenge of climate risk.”


He wants a more comprehensive climate strategy for insurers and one that includes incentives for climate-smart investments. Lara has suggested these groups work with him to develop a strategy.


Consumer Watchdog is one of the 60 groups. It expressed disappointment over the decision. “Every new scientific study finds the climate threat is more urgent than the last. In denying this petition, Lara denies that urgency in favor of more talk with the industry,” the group said.


Source link: Insurance Business America




Medicare Workshop to be Offered in St. Maries: A free Medicare Workshop for individuals turning 65 and those approaching Medicare eligibility will be held in St. Maries on Monday, May 6 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Federal Building Conference Room, located at Seventh and College. 


Caregivers and all those interested in learning how Medicare works are encouraged to attend.


Medicare workshops are designed to introduce the various parts of Medicare and to share some of the costs and benefits associated with the program. Sessions cover enrollment timeframes for Medigap, Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plans, and how the different parts of Medicare work together.


Staff with the state’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program, a unit of the Idaho Department of Insurance, conduct the workshops.  To register for the upcoming session, please contact the SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-247-4422.



The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation recently adopted the following rule: ID 05-2019: Revisions to Workers’ Compensation Insurance Test Audit Program


Rules affected: OAR 836-043-0125, 836-043-0130, 836-043-0135, 836-043-0145, 836-043-0150, 836-043-0155, 836-043-0165


Rule Summary:

Revises wording of description of alternative audit level.


Filed: April 19, 2019


Effective: July 1, 2019




Permanent Administrative Order — https://dfr.oregon.gov/laws-rules/Documents/id05-2019_rule-order.pdf

Summary of Testimony and Hearing Officer's Report — https://dfr.oregon.gov/laws-rules/Documents/id05-2019_ho-rec.pdf

Exhibit 1 to OAR 836-043-0130 — https://dfr.oregon.gov/laws-rules/Documents/OAR/div43-0130_ex1.pdf

Exhibit 2 to OAR 836-043-0155 — https://dfr.oregon.gov/laws-rules/Documents/OAR/div43-0155_ex2.pdf


For more information, please visit the Division's website:



Oregon & Washington

Brown & Brown Acquires a New Property: Brown & Brown said it’s Oregon unit has purchased Vancouver, Washington’s Almea Insurance. Almea sells a variety of products in both states and has an annual revenue of $2 million a year.


The terms of the sale were not disclosed.


Source link: Business Insurance

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