2009 Regular Session . May 22, 2009
SB 214 'Declared Emergency' Insurance Filing Extension
SB 214 by Sen. Dan Morrish began as a bill to amend R.S. 22:1894 (formerly 22:658.3) to allow the commissioner of insurance to extend by rule the time period to file claims under a homeowners' or other property insurance policy when the claims arise from a declared emergency or disaster.
Senate Insurance Committee amended the bill to strip those provisions and instead amended R.S. 22:1892 (formerly 22:658) to allow the commissioner by rule to extend the time for an insurer to initiate a loss adjustment for damages arising from a declared emergency or disaster in order to avoid the penalties in R.S. 22:1973 (formerly 22:1220).
The Senate has adjourned until 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 26. This bill may come up for a vote on the Senate floor Wednesday (May 27). If this issue is of concern to you, contact your senator now.
SB 257 'Chinese Drywall' Bill
Also likely to come up for a vote on the Senate floor on Wednesday is SB 257 by Sen. Julie Quinn. This bill provides a remedy to homeowners who have faced the personal and financial devastation of having toxic Chinese drywall installed in their homes. Although Louisiana is not the only state in which this product was sold and installed, it is perhaps the only affected state whose citizens have no effective remedy under current law.
A Reminder About Next Week's Committee Schedule
With the Memorial Day holiday on Monday and the Republican Elephant Stomp on Tuesday, House Civil Law & Procedure and Senate Jud A committees will not meet. So, no movement next week on HB 224 by Rep. John Bel Edwards raising the cap on medical malpractice recovery, on HB 204 by Rep. Tim Burns on suspensive appeal bonds, or on HB 205 by Rep. Burns, which repeals the collateral source rule for medical expenses.
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