Historic $15 Billion Response

With wildfires continuing to wreak havoc on California, major investments have been made to help protect lives and property. On September 23, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $15 billion climate package for California. It is the largest of its kind in state history. The package includes investments in forest management, climate risk mitigation and …

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2022 & 2024 Election Preview

Elections in 2021 Review In 2021, your PIFC team has been hard at work vetting candidates for special elections in the California State Senate and Assembly.  PIFC strives to endorse candidates who have your best interests at heart. Business community input also plays a factor in how we decide to choose which candidate to support. …

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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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2021 Legislative Activity

Below is a list of bills that PIFC tracked throughout 2021. Most of the bills were either signed and chaptered or set aside for next year, known as 2-year bills.  Many of the bills set for 2-year status will not advance in 2022, however, there are exceptions, and an author may purposely put their bill …

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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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