January 31, 2017
LEGISLATIVE NEWS
YOUNG AGENT SCHOLARSHIPS FOR IIABA LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
It's a new day in Washington, D.C.!
If you're a Young Agent (age 45 or under, or 6 or less years in insurance), and you'd like to join IIAN's officers and hundreds of other agents from across the country for IIABA's annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., May 3-4, 2017,    Fax or e-mail your application for one of two $1,000 scholarships to the IIAN office by March 15, 2017! 
 
Each $1,000 scholarship should be sufficient to cover conference registration, air fare, and one night's lodging - and most meals are provided by the Big "I".  Scholarship winners can stay for IIABA's Conference events May 4-5 at their own expense - including a Young Agents event and fundraiser, and a panel of top political commentators!


UNICAMERAL UPDATE
2017 Unicameral Session Finally Underway
IIAN Sponsors New Bill To Remedy Problems With Uninsured Independent Contractors - LB 553
The 2017 Unicameral session started on January 4, but wrangling over committee assignments, what to do about Senator Bill Kintner (who resigned effective January 30), and rules of debate has taken a lot of legislators' floor time during the first two weeks.  Unicameral committee bill hearings are being held each afternoon until March 28, when full-day floor debate begins.  The last day, or "sine die", is scheduled for June 2, 2017.   "Priority" bills, which will be named by senators, committees, and Speaker Jim Scheer by March 13, stand the best chance of being acted upon this session.  
 
Out of the more than 660 bills introduced this session, IIAN's Legislative committee, chaired by Bob Hoppe of Columbus, is actively watching 28 which impact insurance agents, consumers, or the industry.  IIAN Legislative Representative Jim Cavanaugh is there every day, representing Big "I" members' interests.  Click here to see Jim's Unicameral Update for this week, including IIAN positions on bills on our watch list, and committee hearing activity.  

IIAN's top issue for the two-year session is LB 553 introduced by Senator John Lowe of Kearney at IIAN's request, to address 
Read more about LB 553  and how it will benefit independent contractors, hiring parties, and insurance carriers in Nebraska.  

IIAN members are urged to inform clients and companies affected by this issue, of LB 553.  It has not yet been been scheduled for hearing before the Business & Labor Committee.
 
Check www.iian.org every Monday for Jim Cavanaugh's "Week In Review" report for updated status on all of the bills IIAN is watching -  see this week's update here.
Go to  www.nebraskalegislature.gov  to see the full text and status of any bill.
Senator Mark Kolterman addresses Senators and IIAN members at our second annual Day at the Capitol on January 25
2017 Day at the Capitol - Another Success
January 25 Event Featured Sold-Out Luncheon at the Mansion with Senators
IIAN's second annual "Day at the Capitol" event on Friday, January 25, drew over 45 Big "I" members and "Ambassadors" to the Nebraska Capitol to represent IIAN.   The event featured another sold-out luncheon at the Governor's Mansion attended by 30 Nebraska senators and staff, along with IIAN members from their districts.   Senator Brett Lindstrom, the new chairman of the Banking, Commerce & Insurance Committee, and Senator Mark Kolterman spoke about bills introduced this year affecting insurance and agents.

The luncheon followed an issues briefing by IIAN legislative representative 
Jim Cavanaugh, 
along with individual meetings in senators' offices to discuss
IIAN's top issue for 2017 -  , sponsored by Senator John Lowe of Kearney.  Following the luncheon, Senators Kolterman, Lindstrom, and Krist signed on as co-sponsors for LB 553.  

Interested in getting more involved in Big "I" advocacy? 
 
Click here to find out more about IIAN's Legislative Advisory Council and Ambassadors program.
Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska
(402) 476-2951
office@biginebraska.org
http://www.iian.org