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Policy and Advocacy Priorities

Policy and Advocacy Priorities

PIA National staff has reviewed past policy positions and current congressional priorities and consulted with PIA members across the country to develop its 2020 Policy and Advocacy Priorities. While the items below are our top priorities, PIA National is always working to promote the interests of the independent agent, wherever those interests take us.

• Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program: PIA National supports a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that recognizes the key role agents play in delivering the program to consumers.

• Create Cannabis Safe Harbor for Agents: PIA National supports legislation to protect agents, brokers, and insurers against federal criminal prosecution and civil liability for those who engage in the business of insurance with cannabis-related businesses in states that have legalized cannabis in some form.

• Make Permanent Tax Relief for Passthrough Entities (S Corporations): PIA National supports permanent tax relief for independent insurance agencies that organize as passthrough entities.

• Defend the State Insurance Regulatory System: PIA National supports a modern, state-based insurance regulatory system and opposes federal regulation that threatens it. As such, PIA National supports the repeal of the Federal Insurance Office (FIO).

• Protect Crop Insurance: PIA National supports the vital role that independent agents play in the delivery of crop insurance and opposes cuts to it in the appropriations process.

• Additional Issues of Importance: PIA National is busy with countless issues in 2020 and beyond, including insurance data security and the implementation of the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers (NARAB) .