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On Flood Insurance Fixes, La. Leaders Look Long-Term

This year's Congressional flood insurance fight is receding, but local leaders are organizing to permanently turn the tide.

Flood Law Fixes Existing Insurance Rates

FEMA enacted one of the flood insurance fixes Tuesday that was passed as part of legislation championed by Louisiana's D.C. delegation earlier this year. As a result, existing flood insurance rates can remain the same even if a piece of property is sold to a new owner.

Senate Passes Flood Insurance Bill

For the second time in as many months, the U.S. Senate passed a bill aimed at stemming the tide of flood insurance reforms that were set to force skyrocketing rates for many Louisiana homeowners. This time, it'll stick, as the Senate passed a version of the House's compromise reform bill by a vote of 72-22.

Cassidy Pushing House Version of Flood Insurance Fix

Flood insurance legislation designed to stave off rising premiums has already passed the U.S. Senate, but the House has yet to vote on the bill that would stave off premium increases spelled out in the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012. In the Senate, U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter both stood behind the legislation. In the House, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) is offering up a bill -- with a couple changes.

Obama Admin Rebukes Flood Fight Bill

A day after the ranks of Congressional flood fighters scored a victory on the Senate floor, the Obama administration delivered a swift rebuke. The U.S. Senate voted 86-13 Monday to open debate on a bill that would roll back changes to the National Flood Insurance Program made by the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012. On Tuesday, a White House office issued a statement saying that they wouldn't support the bill.

Senate Votes to Move Forward on Flood Fight

The U.S. Senate opened the floodgates on Monday. The World's Most Exclusive Club voted 86-13 to open debate on a measure designed to roll back a set of policy changes to flood insurance that were set to leave many Louisiana homeowners inundated with new costs.

Landrieu, Cassidy Make Separate Moves on Flood Insurance Reform

With the help of Louisiana's reps, fixing flood insurance has slipped into the spotlight inside the Beltway in the New Year. This week, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) saw one delay to harmful flood insurance policies passed, while the Senate set a time to vote on a larger bill.

Letter to the Editor: Flood Fight from Fl. to La.

Letter to the Editorby Torrey Craig

Torrey Craig moved to Florida from New Orleans over thirty years ago. However, flood insurance rates have remained a constant concern for the coastal dweller. Craig shared with NoDef his letter to his Congressman Gus Billirakis, which deals with the flood fight that Louisiana's Congressional delegation has championed, as well as land use. According to Craig, "Everyone from South Padre Island and Port Isabel, Texas to Wallace Cove, Maine has the same concerns regarding how flood insurance will be changed," and he aims to stir public debate.

Flood Fighters Author Rate Reform Bill

A team of local legislators has made some headway in their flood rate fight to delay insurance hikes for at-risk homeowners.  Senator Mary Landrieu’s team announced yesterday that she and Senators Johnny Isakson, Robert Menendez, Jeff Merkley, Thad Cochran, Heidi Heitkamp, David Vitter, and John Hoeven will introduce a reform bill in coming days. 

Rising Flood Insurance Rates Take Effect Amid Government Shutdown

Land-owners in low-lying flood zones were dealt a huge blow on. Oct. 1, as current law is letting National Flood Insurance rates rise as high as 25-percent a year over the next five years, unless the government moves on the law it passed last year. Despite the lapse of the new rates, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Reps, including members of Louisiana's delegation, has pledged to continue to fight for lower flood insurance rates.

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