NONE — Lawmakers were outraged when they learned outgoing state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine gave himself insurance licenses the day before he left office without taking classes and tests required of applicants.They quickly moved to outlaw the practice, with both chambers passing bills to do so within a few weeks. But Oxendine wasn’t the only one getting exempted from mandates that govern most agents, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.At least 15 lawmakers with insurance licenses, almost all of whom have voted for the anti-Oxendine bills, have been excused for years by the commissioner’s office from annual continuing education mandated for insurance agents.Among those receiving the exemption: the same legislator who wrote the bill that would bar future insurance commissioners from giving themselves exemptions from testing requirements.Most, but not all, of the exempted lawmakers serve on the House and Senate committees that handle … [Read more...] about Insurance agents in Legislature get test exemptions
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A federal appeals panel has allowed residents to proceed with a federal lawsuit arising from a state computer program that falsely accused out-of-work residents of unemployment insurance fraud. The unanimous decision from the three-member Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel came with a strong rebuke for the state employees who attempted to blame the faulty program for the issue even though they were the ones “implementing, overseeing and continuing” the program. The decision released Thursday was written by Eric Clay, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton. He was joined by Judge Damon Keith, an appointee of former President Jimmy Carter, and John Nalbandian, an appointee of President Donald Trump. The state-designed automated unemployment benefits program, called MiDAS, falsely accused more than 40,000 people of fraud between 2013 and 2015, ended their benefits and assessed monetary penalties that amounted, in some cases, to … [Read more...] about Appeals panel allows unemployment insurance fraud lawsuit against state to proceed
WASHINGTON – Hours before the program was to expire, the Senate sent a four-month extension of the National Flood Insurance Program to President Donald Trump's desk on Tuesday, and he signed it. But a Republican pushing for a long-term extension that caps how much homeowners' rates could increase said there's no sense of urgency in the Senate and he's worried about what will happen when the new deadline of Nov. 30 hits. "It was tough to get this extension," said Sen. John N. Kennedy, R-La. "I’m not sure we can get another one." There are several bills offering competing plans for changing the debt-ridden flood program, which is run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Kennedy said he's urging Sen. Mike Crapo, chairman of the Senate's banking committee, to put one of the bills up on the agenda and let senators offer amendments to see what emerges. "Let’s get a package moving," Kennedy said. "This idea that we’re going to somehow … [Read more...] about Federal flood insurance saved hours before it was to expire, but future unclear
ZANESVILLE – The consolidation of fire stations, a more drivable Maple Avenue and the elimination of vacant buildings highlight the planning that city officials have targeted in the short term. But to move Zanesville forward, a long-term comprehensive master plan is being developed. Working toward those goals while maintaining the day-to-day operations of the city is a balancing act, but Mayor Jeff Tilton thinks the city needs to focus on both. That distinction is part of what led him to ask Public Service and Community Development Director Jay Bennett about approaching an outside consultant to help form a master plan. The city’s long-term vision is vital to the healthy growth of the area, said Walter Huber, Muskingum University’s director of the Center for Regional Planning, who is assisting city administrators and the soon-to-be-formed Comprehensive Master Plan Committee in the plan’s creation along with the help of several students. The planning is expected … [Read more...] about City plans for the future near and far
LANSING — Rhonda Wolverton, the recruiting manager at Auto-Owners Insurance, says her friends and family are surprised that her company even needs to recruit. But the staff at the recruiting office has doubled in the five years she's been there. With a growing number of openings for high-skilled positions in areas such as IT, insurance companies like Auto-Owners are working harder than ever to get top-tier talent. “We need to recruit the best of the best," Wolverton said. "We do need to spend that time doing that recruiting." Because they have competition. Six insurance companies are headquartered in the Lansing area — Jackson National, Accident Fund Insurance, Delta Dental of Michigan, Auto-Owners Insurance, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan and Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance. Not only are they competing with one another for the best workers but, with the national unemployment rate at 4.1%, the … [Read more...] about How many teens dream of working in insurance? In Lansing, more than you’d think.