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NAIFA-LA Secures Financial Professional Exemption in State Independent Contractor Law

By Julie Harrison on 6/22/21 8:56 AM

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards recently signed a NAIFA-supported misclassification of workers bill into law. The bill, SB 244, outlines a 12-point definition for “independent contractor” developed by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry which classifies an independent contractor as anyone who can meet seven of the 12 points. According to the new law, independent contractors could include workers who can’t set their hours, are not allowed to work for other businesses, and are directly managed or supervised by the contracting party.

Topics: State Advocacy
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New CBO Report Offers Insights on Estate and Gift Taxes

By NAIFA on 6/18/21 4:54 PM

A new report by the Congressional Budget Office provides a guide to understanding federal estate and gift taxes. These taxes affect only a small number of taxpayers (of 2.7 million Americans who died in 2016 only 5,500 left taxable estates, and in 2018 only 2,000 people paid gift taxes), but they may consider in planning for financial professionals working with affluent families or business owners. In 2021, estate values above an $11.7 million exemption are taxed at a 40% rate. “The same threshold and tax rate apply to gift taxes,” the report says.

Topics: estate planning Tax Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA-CO Shows Advocacy Influence Throughout an Intense Legislative Session

By NAIFA on 6/18/21 3:46 PM

The First Regular Session of Colorado’s 73rd General Assembly ended Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The legislature introduced 627 pieces of legislation and 80% of those introduced bills passed and will be up for action by the Governor.

NAIFA-CO was very busy this session beginning with hosting a virtual Lobby Day for legislators featuring Securities Commissioner Tung Chang and the Division of Insurance, Deputy Director Kate Harris. NAIFA-CO finished out the legislative session testifying and advocating on numerous bills. In total, NAIFA monitored and actively worked on 24 pieces of legislation.

Topics: Tax State Advocacy
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NAIFA Submits Comments to Senate Finance Committee Leadership on Unemployment Insurance

By NAIFA on 6/17/21 10:25 AM

Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) have developed a proposal that they say would update and expand unemployment insurance so that the program is ready to respond to the next recession and meet the needs of the modern workforce.

NAIFA joined industry partners in a letter to Senate Finance Committee leadership to express strong concerns with a provision in the committee’s current discussion draft of the Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act.

Topics: Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA SVP Boyle Signs Diversity in Government Relations Pledge

By NAIFA on 6/15/21 10:12 AM

NAIFA, along with NAIFA Senior Vice President for Government Relations Diane Boyle, has signed on to the Diversity in Government Relations (DGR) Coalition, a group of professionals and organizations in the government relations field working to actively champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in local, state, and federal policymaking.

Topics: Advocacy Diversity & Inclusivity Press Release
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NAIFA Signs on to Support Letter for SECURE Remote Online Notarization

By Mike Hedge on 6/10/21 5:47 PM

NAIFA joined with industry partners in a letter to House sponsors of the SECURE Remote Online Notarization Act urging support for the importance of the legislation. Bipartisan legislation (S. 5355, H.R. 6364) was introduced by Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Mark Warner (D-VA), and Reps. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) and Madeleine Dean (D-PA). 

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Federal Advocacy
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New Missouri Law Allows CE for Agent Association Membership

By NAIFA Missouri on 6/10/21 10:45 AM

Legislation signed recently by Governor Mike Parsons "allows an insurance producer to receive up to four hours of continuing education credit per biennial reporting period for participation as an individual member or employee of a business entity producer member of a local, regional, state, or national professional insurance association with approval by the Director of the Department of Commerce and Insurance."

NAIFA-MO worked on securing the adoption of the bill (HB 604) for several years.

“Our State Government Relations Committee found a good sponsor in Rep. Kurtis Gregory, and we are very proud of this accomplishment for NAIFA members,” said Ed Anderson, NAIFA-MO’s National Committeeperson.

Over the past several years, many NAIFA state chapters have been advocating for legislation to allow financial advisors to receive CE credit for their membership and active participation in a professional agent association. Due to NAIFA’s advocacy, at least 11 states allow advisors to be eligible for CE credit for their association membership: Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia. Depending on the state and the approval of the respective state insurance commissioner, advisors may receive from one to six CE credit hours for this purpose.

As NAIFA has argued in state legislatures and before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, professional insurance associations promote high standards of ethical conduct and provide educational programs and professional development opportunities to association members. NAIFA believes advisors who are active members of an agent association should be eligible for continuing education credit for such membership.

“We believe that permitting advisors to receive CE credit for association membership both encourages advisors to become members of nationally recognized professional insurance associations and benefits consumers by ensuring them access to better qualified advisors,” said Anderson.

Topics: Continuing Ed Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy
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Cybersecurity Bill Passes Wisconsin Senate With NAIFA Amendment

By NAIFA-Wisconsin on 6/9/21 4:50 PM

New data security standards for the insurance industry passed the Wisconsin State Senate on June 9, 2021, on a voice vote. 

Topics: State Advocacy Cybersecurity
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New Texas Law Enhances Protections for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA on 6/8/21 10:33 AM

Legislation signed recently by Governor Greg Abbott enhances protections for Texas consumers seeking lifetime income through annuities. Championed by House Insurance Committee Chairman Dr. Tom Oliverson and Senate Business & Commerce Chairman Kelly Hancock, the new law enhances the standards financial professionals must follow while preserving consumers’ ability to access the tools they need for a secure retirement.

Topics: State Advocacy Interstate Advocacy Press Release
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NAIFA’s Maeghan Gale Speaks to LTCI Partners on Recent Trends in LTC Legislation

By LECP Center on 6/4/21 5:44 PM

NAIFA’s Policy Director Maeghan Gale joined LTCI Partners Managing Director, Tom Riekse, and Director Steve Cain for a panel discussion about recent Long Term Care Insurance legislation.  For many years, Long-Term Care Insurance took a backseat as it relates to legislative action on the state and federal level. However, 2021 has brought a wave of activity as lawmakers consider the best way to support their growing aging populations.

Topics: Advocacy Long Term Care Aging in Place Legislative & Regulatory

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