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More Than 120 In-District Meetings Illustrate NAIFA's Grassroots Impact

By NAIFA on 9/22/23 1:59 PM

NAIFA members held more than 120 In-District Meetings with federal lawmakers and senior staff during the recent Congressional recess. This is the second post-COVID year in a row that the number of meetings has reached triple digits. In addition, many NAIFA members also met with state officials over the summer.

Topics: Federal Advocacy Grassroots Congress August In-Districts
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NAIFA Applauds IRS Move on Retirement Plan Catch-Up Contributions

By NAIFA on 8/28/23 12:55 PM

Retirement planners can breathe a sigh of relief.

The IRS has delayed implementing a provision of the SECURE 2.0 legislation that would require retirement plan catch-up contributions by high-income earners to be made as after-tax Roth-style contributions rather than pretax contributions. The legislative language states that the change is effective after 2023, which would have presented unworkable communications, record-keeping, and implementation challenges to plan sponsors and participants as well as advisors. Prior to this fix, some plan sponsors had said they would likely have to eliminate the ability of employees to make catch-up contributions.

Topics: Retirement Planning Congress IRS Individual Retirement Accounts
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NAIFA Members’ Powerful Grassroots Message for Financial Security Hits Home

By NAIFA on 8/1/23 1:50 PM

Congress has begun its August recess, and members of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) are capitalizing on lawmakers’ annual working session in their home districts by meeting with their Representatives and Senators to strengthen grassroots relationships and discuss issues important to financial professionals and their clients.

Topics: Press Release Grassroots Congress
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NAIFA to Keep Grassroots Momentum Going in In-District Meetings

By NAIFA on 6/21/23 4:01 PM

Each year, NAIFA capitalizes on the grassroots momentum created by our state chapters' Legislative Days and the national Congressional Conference by coordinating in-district meetings with members of Congress during the August legislative recess. You should be a part of it and invite colleagues to join, too.

Topics: Grassroots Congress
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NAIFA Supports New Congressional Caucus to Promote Financial Security

By NAIFA on 4/14/23 4:18 PM

NAIFA applauds the leadership of Representatives Young Kim (R-CA) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH) on the relaunch of the Congressional Financial Literacy and Wealth Creation Caucus for the 118th Congress. The Congresswomen are an excellent duo to co-chair this bipartisan group of legislators committed to empowering Americans with the tools needed to build wealth and achieve financial stability.

Topics: Financial Literacy Financial Security Federal Advocacy Congress Congressional Conference
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NAIFA Supports Legislation to Address Financial Exploitation of Seniors

By Mike Hedge on 1/31/23 4:14 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.500, the Financial Exploitation Prevention Act of 2023, by a bipartisan vote of 419-0 on January 30. H.R. 500 was introduced by Rep. Ann Wagner, (R-MO), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services subcommittee on Capital Markets. 

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Federal Advocacy Congress Supported Legislation Senior Financial Protection
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NAIFA's Mayeux Contributes to Article Supporting Remote Online Notarization Bill

By NAIFA on 8/19/22 11:39 AM

NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux is a contributing author of an article in the publication Real Clear Policy arguing in favor of federal legislation allowing remote online notarization (RON). NAIFA has been a strong proponent of RON and urged passage of the SECURE Notarization Act because it would set a national standard and be a great benefit to NAIFA members and their clients who routinely complete financial transactions that require notarized documents.

Topics: Federal Advocacy Congress Insurance & Financial Advisor Regulation Remote Notarization Producer Sales & Marketing
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House Committee Passes Bill Revising Process for Registering Index-Linked Annuities

By Michael Hedge, NAIFA's Director of Government Relations on 7/28/22 12:00 PM

On July 28, the House Financial Services Committee voted to advance a bipartisan bill requiring the Securities and Exchange Commission to create a new form for registering index-linked annuities, which allows investors to save for retirement in a more streamlined process.

Topics: Life Insurance & Annuities Federal Advocacy Congress
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House Passes Remote Notarization Legislation

By Michael Hedge, NAIFA's Director of Government Relations on 7/27/22 12:00 PM

On July 27, the House of Representatives passed H.R.3962 the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act (the SECURE Notarization Act). The bill authorizes a notary public to notarize electronic records related to interstate commerce remotely, subject to specified procedures. 

Topics: Federal Advocacy Congress Supported Legislation Remote Notarization Producer Sales & Marketing
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NAIFA Favors Federal Privacy Protections But Urges Changes to Draft Proposal

By NAIFA on 7/19/22 5:45 PM

NAIFA and other trade associations have sent a letter to influential members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee expressing concerns with the discussion draft of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act, which is a national uniform privacy law proposal.

NAIFA supports federal laws and regulations protecting the confidentiality of personal information and believes policy at the federal level will help avoid problems a variety of confusing and potentially contradictory state laws would cause. NAIFA members provide financial products, services, and advice to Main Street American families and businesses. Their clients entrust them with sensitive personal information, so it is among the highest priorities for our industry that we keep that information secure.

Topics: Federal Advocacy Congress