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Summer of Protest Prompted Spring Flurry of Policing Bills

SEATTLE — When Washington state’s legislative session began earlier this year, racial justice advocates weren’t sure whether the police accountability measures they supported would get much traction. “There was not a single bill at any point that we thought was …

Amid Clamor to Increase Prescribed Burns, Obstacles Await

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In the 1950s, when University of California forestry professor Harold Biswell experimented with prescribed burns in the state’s pine forests, many people thought he was nuts. “Harry the Torch,” “Burn-Em-Up Biswell” and “Doctor Burnwell” were some …

Ransomware Gangs Get Paid Off as Officials Struggle for Fix

BOSTON (AP) — If your business falls victim to ransomware and you want simple advice on whether to pay the criminals, don’t expect much help from the U.S. government. The answer is apt to be: It depends. “It is the …

Moody’s Says COVID-19 Impact on P&C Insurance Sector Was ‘Moderate’

Neither COVID-19 nor legislation enacted because of it has seriously harmed the creditworthiness of the property and casualty insurance sector, according to a report released by Moody’s Investors Service on Friday. Businesses have filed about 1,700 business-interruption claims because of …

Truckers and Insurers Form Partnership to Fight Tow Truck Scams

Insurers are teaming up with truckers to persuade state lawmakers to pass laws that they hope will cut down on fraud by tow truck operators. The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud announced Monday that it has formed a partnership with the …

Kentucky Senate Backs COVID Liability Shield for Businesses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation that would provide broad protections to shield Kentucky businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits won approval from the state Senate after a long debate Monday evening. Senate President Robert Stivers described the measure as a necessary step …

Governor Signs Liability Shield, Intends to Lift Mask Rule

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Saying he will lift a statewide mask requirement later this week, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill Wednesday intended to protect businesses and health care providers from coronavirus-related lawsuits. Gianforte said the new law will …

Hawaii Beach Erosion Bills Would Regulate Property Defenses

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are considering bills that could force oceanfront property owners to remove sandbags and heavy tarps that can significantly contribute to coastal erosion. Dozens of owners along Hawaii beaches have used loopholes in environmental laws to …

$64K Air Ambulance Tab Shows Limits of Surprise Billing Law

DENVER (AP) — When a doctor told Toni Stammler her 4-week-old son Milo needed urgent surgery because only one of his lungs was functioning, there was barely time to pack a bag _ let alone try to shop around. “In …

WCRI Studies Show COVID-19 Orders Apply to Small Segment of Workforce

While at least 17 states have passed laws or issued orders that expanded access to workers’ compensation benefits for employees who contract COVID-19, many of those directives are creating new exposure for only a sliver of the workforce, new research …