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Fifth Annual PIA Month Concludes

PIA's fifth annual Political Advocacy and Involvement Month has drawn to a successful close as Congress is set to reconvene. Agents around the country met...
August 31, 2010

PIA's fifth annual Political Advocacy and Involvement Month has drawn to a successful close as Congress is set to reconvene. Agents around the country met with their Representatives and Senators, as well as with candidates for Congress in the fall elections.

During this year's August meetings, PIA members focused on support for a five-year extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); natural catastrophe legislation; crop insurance; producer licensing; and PIA's steadfast opposition to federal insurance regulation, including a so-called optional federal charter for insurers and producers.

"We had some very productive meetings with our members of Congress," said Gene Galligan, the incoming President-elect of PIA of Louisiana. Galligan and past PIA of Louisiana Board member Barry White met on August 26 with Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.). "Our lawmakers were very sympathetic and responsive to the concerns of PIA."

A major push will be made next year by advocates of federal insurance regulation to get Congress to enact an optional federal charter. PIA is adamantly opposed to optional federal charters and to any federal encroachment on the right of states to regulate insurance. PIA members reminded members of Congress and congressional candidates during their August meetings that America's Main Street insurance agents expect them to vote "no" on the so-called optional federal charter - no excuses and no compromises.

In addition, some PIA members discussed issues with particular resonance in their own states. PIA of Florida President Brian Samberg met with several lawmakers and discussed concerns related to Chinese drywall. "Florida along with Louisiana and several other states have experienced problems with defective drywall in certain homes and we discussed the issue. We also reiterated PIA's steadfast opposition to federal regulation of insurance and our support for state insurance regulation," Samberg said.

We will have a more detailed wrap-up of PIA Month in next week's PIA National Newsline. Meanwhile, if you haven't yet contacted your Members of Congress, simply click here to contact them now. 

PIA Members Bring Capitol Hill to Their Backyards. PIA of Louisiana incoming President-elect Gene Galligan of Monroe, Louisiana (left) with Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) (center) and past PIA of Louisiana Board member Barry White.  

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