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PIANH 2018 legislative wrap-up

By Bradford J. Lachut, Esq.

The New Hampshire 2018 legislative session concluded in June 2018. The session turned out to be a successful one for PIANH members as your association was successful in getting a number of measures passed while stopping some harmful legislation from going into effect.

H.B.1252—Relative to certificates of insurance was passed by both chambers and was signed by Gov. Chris Sununu. The bill provides additional protection for agents and brokers to the current certificate of insurance law by stating that the producer does not warrant or analyze the policy included in the supplemental questionnaire requested by banks and lending institutions. PIANH testified in favor of this bill. It goes into effect July 14, 2018.

H.B.1308—Relative to nonrenewal of lines of business passed both chambers and was signed by the governor. This legislation enhances the current protections of consumers, while strengthening the agents’ and brokers’ ability to service their clients, by requiring carriers to notify any appointed agents and the New Hampshire Insurance Department of their decision not to renew all, or substantially all, of a line of business 120 days prior to the nonrenewal effective date. PIANH testified in favor of this bill. The bill goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019

PIANH played a little defense this legislative session.

H.B.1360—Prohibiting the use of certain information to underwrite insurance coverage failed to make it out of the House. This bill would have prohibited carriers from using credit reports in the underwriting process. PIANH opposed this bill.

There were a number of labor-related bills that PIANH opposed that also failed to gain passage. Measures to enact predictive scheduling, create paid family leave and prohibit employers from asking for salary history all failed in the House or Senate or were sent to study. 8/18

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