March 7, 2018
2018 Unicameral Session Two-Thirds Over
Some Insurance Bills Advancing
The 60-day 2018 Unicameral session has just 23 days to go before it is scheduled to end on April 18 - and there has been some movement of bills impacting insurance.    IIAN supports   , which was passed and signed by the Governor - it will  allow up to 6 CEUs (out of 24 every 2 years in Nebraska) for "active participation in a professional insurance association". 
    IIAN also supports LB743 , which was advanced to Final Reading (last step before passage) on February 27, with an amendment adding provisions from LB 220 introduced last year, to adopt the Insured Homeowners Protection Act.  IIAN leaders met with Insurance Department officials last November to provide input on the provisions of LB 743, which will also adopt the Public Adjusters Licensing Act, eliminate the pre-licensing education requirement for insurance producers, and require course providers to file for re-approval of approved continuing education courses every four years.  Read more.

Workers' Comp Bills On The Move
Three Workers' Compensation bills - LBs 953, 957, and 1015 - have been designated as priorities, and placed on General File (first round of debate).  Among other provisions, LB 953 would change provisions relating to lump-sum settlements, in cases in which the employee at the time of settlement was eligible for Medicare.  LB 957 would modernize and clarify the payment methods available under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act.  LB 1015 would provide that reports of injury under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act that reveal the identity of the employee who is the subject of the report, are not public records. Currently, 37 other states have laws similar to the concepts contained in the bill.
Click here for more information on these and all of the bills on IIAN's watch list.  And c heck "Member Update" at  every Monday for Jim Cavanaugh's "Week In Review" report for updated status on all of the bills IIAN is watching.
Go to to see the full text and status of any bill.
Farm & Small Agents Committee Chairman Jim Steider presents Young Agent Conference scholarship to Cody Krull, Minden
Over 280 agents and industry representatives gathered in Kearney for this year's conference, including 73 young agents and 35 "first-timers".  "It was great to see so many young agents at the conference," commented IIAN president Greg Zimmer of Lincoln.  "Helping our Nextgen young agents succeed and get involved in the association is our focus this year."  The conference trade fair on February 20 featured a Nextgen young agent reception and whiskey+wine bottle ring toss, along with 46 exhibitORS booths - topped off with piles of cash and booth prizes.
     Conference attendees also earned up to 12 CEUs over two days, and learned about  
the latest on Farm Liability and Pollution, along with challenges from Drones, Robotics, and other developing technologies from top national agribusiness expert Casey Roberts, along with  why "It's Best To Be You" in commercial lines policies, and the coverage challenges that come with the "sharing economy" - whether it's Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, VRBO, by respected insurance guru Sam Bennett.   And attendees raved about the Farm Bill update and Social Media Boot Camp presented by D.C. agribusiness experts Phillip Hayes and Jon Ostendorff
    Ritch Nelson of Ft. Calhoun was the lucky winner of the raffle prize - a Big Sky, Montana summer vacation package - and the raffle raised over $5,000 for Big "I" PACs!   Cody Krull with Krull Insurance in Minden was the winner of the $125 Young Agent Scholarship, sponsored each year by Farm & Small Agents committee chairman Jim Steider of Seward.

"Guns, Roses & Whiskey" Auction Raises $5,000 For IIAN Foundation
A fun new activity at the conference this year was a silent auction to benefit the IIAN Foundation and IIAN's new Talent Network program to connect Nebraska college students with IIAN member agencies.  The auction featured a limited edition, Agricultural Heritage Edition Henry H001 22 rifle with Nebraska sesquicentennial engraving , premium whiskeys, hunting/fishing gear, jewelry, luxury spa package, and more.  The auction and Nextgen ring toss together raised over $5,500!
IIAN InsurPac Chairman Vincent Christensen, right, accepted the 2016 national InsurPac "Eagle Award"at the Young Agents luncheon in Washington, D.C.  Bob Hoppe, left, serves on the national InsurPac Board of Trustees.  They'll be there again on April 18 to accept the 2017 award! 
IIAN Achieves InsurPac Eagle Status Again 
"Circle of Eagles" Contributors Recognized At Winter Conference 
For the second year in a row, IIAN achieved national InsurPac "Eagle" status, coming in fourth in the nation in average dollars raised per agency for 2017 - and helping InsurPac raise a record $1.1 million.  In 2016 IIAN achieved the largest percentage increase in InsurPac contributions nationwide.
     The 2017 Eagle award will be presented to Nebraska InsurPac Chairman Vincent Christensen of St. Paul, on April 18 at the IIABA Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.   At IIAN's Winter Conference in Kearney, Bob Hoppe of Columbus, who serves on the national InsurPac Board of Trustees, presented recognition plaques to IIAN's "Circle of Eagles" contributors at the Gold and Silver levels.  

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Young Agent Scholarships Available - Apply By  March 15

Click above for Young Agent video.
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 April 18-20, f ax or e-mail your application for one of two $1,500 scholarships to the IIAN office by March 15, 2018!
   Each $1,500 scholarship should be sufficient to cover conference registration, air fare, and up to two nights' lodging - and most meals are provided by the Big "I".  
Click here to download scholarship application.                                                        WE NEED YOUR VOICE! 
See conference schedule.   Read about the issues.

Offering cyber coverage reduces YOUR agency's "failure to offer" errors & omissions risk.  
Big "I" Markets recently announced a  new cyber liability solution  Big "I" members can offer to small business clients. In a nutshell, this product is for businesses with up to 50 employees, or less than $20 million in annual sales. It's an admitted market, and no application is required-just a signed acknowledgment. There is a $100,000 limit with $200 annual premium.   Log in here and click on "Cyber-Liability - Small Business Solution".
March Lightning Learning
Ridesharing, Home Sharing & Other "Property Pimping" Exposures
Chris Boggs, Big "I" Virtual University
All sessions begin   at 10:30 a.m. Central Time
Registration: $9.99  (includes all three sessions!)

Register once and attend all three 20-minute sessions including:
March 7 - Reviewing the Ridesharing Endorsements
March 20 - Reviewing the Home Sharing Endorsements
March 28 - Understanding Other "Property Pimping" Exposures
Missed One?  Watch it later on-demand!

Apr 12 - Personal Lines Misc - Ogallala
Apr 12 - Commercial Property - Kearney
Apr 12 - Personal Residential-Omaha

Apr 3-5 - Lincoln - IIAN Learning Center

Apr 10-12- Lincoln - Essential Step

Mar 8 - E&O Loss Control - Parts I & II
Mar 12 - Income After Retirement
Mar 13 - Insuring Toys & Collectibles
Mar 14 - Insuring Hobby and Small Farms
Mar 19 - Commercial Property Coverages
Mar 20 - Agent's Guide to Insuring Nonprofits
Mar 22 - Ethical Dilemmas - Right Choices
Mar 23 - Personal Auto Policy
Mar 26 - Condominiums
Mar 27 - Business Income - Coverage Analysis Through Claims
Mar 28 - Additional Insureds & Certificates of Insurance

Instructor:  VU Founder Bill Wilson, CPCU, ARM, AIM AAM
May 8 - Ashland/Mahoney  May 9 - Kearney    May10 - Norfolk
AM Session - Finding and Fixing Commercial Lines Coverage Gaps (3 PC)
PM Session - Finding and Fixing Personal Lines Coverage Gaps (3 PC)

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