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Flood Insurance Refunds Start Today


After several years of fighting, and an uncharacteristic bipartisan push from the Louisiana congressional delegation, flood insurance reform passed last May. Now, the law is beginning to show results. Flood insurance refunds will be issued beginning today (10.1) to eligible policy holders and is expected to completed by the end of the calendar year. These refunds are expected to average $100. 


Mary Landrieu Pulls in $100M to Fix FEMA Flood Maps


As part of the continuing flood insurance fight, Mary Landrieu's office said Tuesday that the state's senior U.S. Senator followed through on a promise to keep funding in place that would fix inaccurate flood insurance maps. As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's annual budget, FEMA will receive a total of $221 million for the flood map project.


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.


House Flood Insurance Bill Passes


The US House of Represenatives passed flood insurance legislation designed to stave off rising premiums by a vote of 306-91. A different piece of legislation to diminish premium increases spelled out in the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012 already passed the U.S. Senate. In the Senate, U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter both stood behind the bill. In the House, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) offered up a bill -- with a couple changes.


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.


Conservative Group Comes Out Against Flood Insurance Measure


A group backed by the billionaire Koch Brothers is pouring in money in an attempt to sway November's U.S. Senate race toward the Republicans, but the conservative group's positions may not always line up with the candidates they fund. Americans for Prosperity can't campaign for a specific candidate, but the group has been running attack ads bashing incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. At the same time, they've also gone on record against flood insurance legislation, which is the state delegation's top priority in Washington.


Flood Insurance Bill Passes U.S. Senate


Even with this week's surge from the White House, the U.S. Senate passed a flood insurance reform bill Thursday that is designed to roll back premium increases for thousands of Louisiana residents. The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which was co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, passed by a vote of 67-32. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives, where prospects for passage are less certain.


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.


Flood Insurance Fixers Rally, Vote Pushed


The latest in the Flood Insurance Fix fight sees the Senate moving toward a vote on the potentially money saving bill, but not as soon as expected. A coalition of realtors, local economic development groups, and legislators (local, state, and national level) has been working since May 2013 to improve the current flood insurance maps and regulations. The goal, legislators say, is to make sure these rates are reasonable to the average homeowner, as well as fair to the communities that need flood protection.


NoDef Nods: Politics

13 Stories from 2014, and 5 to Watch in the New Year



On the political scene, New Orleans saw some old names like Ray Nagin and Charles Foti return in 2013. Meanwhile, BP and Bobby kept the Bayou State in the national spotlight once again. Peruse all of 2013's top stories, and grab a handful for the new year on the way out:


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