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Redistricting and 2020 Census Results: What does it mean for California?

The U.S. Constitution designates the census as the method used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives, which since 1929 has been permanently capped at 435 districts. Each state is allotted a portion of these seats based on the size of its population relative to the other states. Redistricting is done once every ten …

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California Budget and Wildfire Package

With a $76 billion surplus in the state budget and another $27 billion in federal aid, Governor Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers are negotiating an unexpectedly large budget. The State Budget agreement passed on June 28th includes a Wildfire Package that provides approximately $1 billion over multiple years for various wildfire prevention and response efforts. …

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PIFPAC Critical Constituents

PIFPAC is implementing an exciting new program we are calling “Critical Constituents”.  PIFC staff aims to appoint one critical constituent per California State Legislator. The critical constituent will have the important task of establishing and maintaining a relationship with that elected official.  This program is similar to, and will supplement State Farm’s Key Contact program, …

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Wildfire Modeling

On March 30, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) will conduct prenotice public discussions regarding a proposed regulation requiring consideration of property-level and community-level wildfire risk mitigation in rating plans and risk models. The purpose of these discussions are to provide interested and affected persons an opportunity to present statements or comments regarding the contemplated …

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Bills We Support and Oppose

SUPPORTED: SB 571 (Newman D) Driver’s licenses: instruction permits and provisional licenses The Brady-Jared Teen Driver Safety Act of 1997 establishes a provisional licensing program and generally requires that a driver’s license issued to a person at least 16 years of age but under 18 years of age be issued pursuant to that provisional licensing …

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New Legislation

Since the bill introduction deadline passed on February 19, PIFC Legislative Advocates are now in the process of reviewing which bills will be of interest to the insurance industry. PIFC staff believes many of the bills that have been introduced will fall by the wayside due to the limited capacity that the legislature is willing …

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Special Elections in 2021

Assembly District 79 After the general election of 2020, former California Secretary of State Alex Padilla was appointed to replace Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate. Dr. Shirley Weber, previously a member of the California State Assembly for the 79th District, was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to fill the position of Secretary of State …

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Around the Capitol

After the legislative session officially ended on August 31, conversations around insurance remained at the top of everyone’s minds due to the many wildfires that ravaged California during the summer and fall. Your PIFC staff has been working diligently to respond to the challenges insurers are facing because of the increasing number and severity of …

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What’s Next?

Legislative session in 2020 was anything but usual, with many starts and stops and limited policy hearings. After COVID-19 forced everyone to change the way they lived and worked, legislators were told to only put forward their most pressing bills. Only 428 bills made it to Governor Newsom’s desk in 2020, compared to 1,042 bills …

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