Governor Greg Abbott has issued the following: Executive Order No.GA-18 relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster. Read the order here.
Lt. Gov. Patrick Announces Senate Work Groups to Discuss Pandemic Impact on Texas
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced today that he has established six Senate working groups to discuss challenges the state will face in the next legislative session as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the announcement here.
Frustrated GOP lawmakers want to curb emergency power of Texas cities, counties
Local governments have gone too far in issuing emergency orders during the coronavirus pandemic and can expect to have those powers whittled down when the Texas Legislature meets again, key state lawmakers say. Read more here.
Some Onsite Agent, Adjuster Licensing Exams Now Available in Texas
Texas insurance regulators say agents and adjusters can now take licensing exams at select sites in the state. The testing locations for Pearson VUE, the state’s testing contractor, had previously been closed do to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) says it has authorized Pearson Vue to resume testing at sites where social distancing and safeguards are in place to reduce risks. Read more here.
Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Establishing Strike Force To Open Texas
Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference where he issued three new Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas while revising hospital capacity and certain social distancing guidelines. Read the orders here.
COVID-19, business interruption and bad faith litigation
Insurers must investigate and evaluate each policyholder’s COVID-19 claim and then thoroughly explain coverage determinations. Read more here.
San Antonio barbershops sue State Farm after coronavirus insurance claims denied
Since all nonessential businesses were ordered closed last month to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Shayne Brown figures his seven shuttered San Antonio-area barbershops have lost a combined $1 million in revenue. “We’re just dead in the water,” Brown said, adding he’s had to furlough 120 employees. Read more here. (subscription may be required)
Rep. Mayes Middleton letter to Commissioner Kent Sullivan
State Representative Mayes Middleton asks Commissioner Kent Sullivan to begin an investigation into the wholesale denial of business interruption claims in Texas. Read the letter here.
Lt. Gov. Patrick Appoints Business Task Force to Re-Start the Economy: Brint Ryan Will Chair
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced the establishment of a task force to work on recommendations and strategies for restarting the economy once President Trump and Governor Abbott announce that businesses can reopen. The task force will be comprised of business leaders from the Business Advisory Council he established when he was first elected in 2014. Read the press release here.