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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    Press Statement on Senate Approval of HB 1774, One of the Blue Tarp Bills

    For Immediate Release

    On a vote of 21-8, the Texas Senate gave preliminary approval to HB 1774 today, one of the #BlueTarpBills. The legislation slashes the penalty for property insurers that wrongfully delay weather-related claims, forces many cases into federal court where it takes twice as long to receive justice, and adds cost and uncertainty for property owners who attempt to legally challenge insurers' decisions.

    Executive Director Ware Wendell released the following statement:

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