Senate Commerce Eyes Robocalls, DAC, Aviation Coverage

December 16, 2019 The Senate Commerce Committee held a markup Dec. 11, on 13 bills, including measures potentially affecting business communications and federal drone and aviation policy. Read more

Regulatory Reforms to be Formally Adopted by DOT

December 16, 2019 The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Dec. 5 that it will permanently incorporate agency policies that have reportedly saved $3.68 billion in regulatory costs and resulted in 23 deregulatory actions for every new significant regulatory action. Read more

NAMIC Releases White Paper on Regulatory Environment for Drones

November 4, 2019 NAMIC published Insurance Drone Operations 2020 Law and Regulation Oct. 31, its fourth in a series of public policy white papers. Read more

DOD, DOI Ground DJI

November 4, 2019 The Department of the Interior is grounding its more than 800 drones, all of which were either made in China by DJI or have... Read more

NAMIC Releases White Paper on Regulatory Environment for Drones

October 31, 2019 Drones and related technology offer many opportunities to property/casualty insurance companies to provide better and more efficient insurance services to... Read more

Lee Again Proposes Local Authority for Low Flying Drones

October 21, 2019 Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced legislation Oct. 16 to transfer authority over drones flying under 200 feet from the federal government to states, cities, and Native American tribal governments. Drone activity in airspace above 200 feet would... Read more

NAMIC Seeks to Streamline Waiver Process at FAA Drone Advisory Council

October 21, 2019 The Federal Aviation Administration’s Drone Advisory Council met Oct. 19 with NAMIC on hand to represent the property/casualty insurance industry. Read more

DAC to Meet Oct. 17

October 7, 2019 The Federal Aviation Administration announced a meeting of the Drone Advisory Committee for Oct. 17, at the National Transportation Safety Board Boardroom and Conference Center in Washington, D.C. NAMIC is the only insurance representative on the... Read more

DAC Meeting Set for Oct. 17

September 30, 2019 The Federal Aviation Administration announced an Oct. 17 meeting of the Drone Advisory Committee at the National Transportation Safety Board Boardroom and Conference in Washington, D.C. The DAC is a broad-based, long-term federal... Read more

House T&I Holds Subcommittee Hearing on FAA Reauthorization Act

September 30, 2019 The House Transportation & Infrastructure’s Aviation Subcommittee held a hearing Sept. 26 titled “A Work in Progress: Implementation of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.” Appearing before the subcommittee were... Read more

Stakeholders Discuss Drones at Brookings Institution Panel Discussion

September 16, 2019 NAMIC attended a Sept. 10 discussion titled “New advances in transportation and service delivery,” which featured four panelists... Read more

House T&I Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Aviation Safety

July 22, 2019 In light of the recent Boeing 737 MAX tragedies, the House Transportation & Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation on July 17 gathered for a hearing titled “State of Aviation Safety.” It included several... Read more

NAMIC Working to Ease Drone Waiver Process

July 1, 2019 As part of its work on the federal Drone Advisory Committee, NAMIC has been working to help clarify the process by which companies can obtain permission to use drones beyond the current regulatory... Read more

Senate Panel Weighs Drone Jurisdiction, Safety Concerns

June 24, 2019 Members of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Security considered the balance of jurisdiction and safety when it comes to unmanned aircraft systems during a June 18 hearing titled... Read more

Uber Elevate Holds Summit, Talks Urban Air Mobility

June 17, 2019 Silicon Valley execs and engineers from Uber descended on the capital for a two-day summit June 11-12 on Uber Elevate’s Urban Air... Read more

NAMIC Serves at the FAA Drone Advisory Committee Meeting

June 10, 2019 The Drone Advisory Committee, a broad-based, long-term federal advisory committee to the... Read more

DAC to Meet June 6

June 3, 2019 The Federal Aviation Administration's Drone Advisory Committee, a broad-based, long-term federal advisory committee providing the FAA with advice on key Unmanned Aircraft System integration issues by helping to identify challenges and prioritize... Read more

NAMIC’s Karol Named to Federal Drone Advisory Committee

May 20, 2019 Tom Karol, NAMIC’s general counsel – federal, will be representing the property/casualty insurance industry as a member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Drone Advisory Council as Unmanned Aircraft Systems are... Read more

FAA Administrator Nominee Appears Before Senate Commerce Committee

May 20, 2019 The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee convened May 16 to hear from Stephen Dickson, who has been nominated to serve as the Federal Aviation Administration’s... Read more

Senate Commerce Committee Eyes National Airspace, Drone Integration

May 13, 2019 The Senate Commerce Committee hosted a hearing May 8 titled “New Entrants in the National Airspace: Policy, Technology, and Security Issues for Congress” and received... Read more

Senate Commerce Committee to Hold Status Hearing on Drone Integration

May 6, 2019 The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will host a hearing May 8 titled... Read more

NAMIC to Submit Comments on Drone Flight Proposals

April 8, 2019 NAMIC will file comments by April 12 on proposals designed to encourage the safe testing and deployment of drones, including operating over people and at night, in response to a request by the Federal Aviation... Read more

Montana: Drone Use Restriction Bill Dies

April 4, 2019 NAMIC-opposed drones use restrictions bill, HB 655, has died in the House on a 54-46 vote. The legislation, as introduced, would have adversely impacted insurer use of drones for reasonable business activities designed to streamline and economize the... Read more

House T&I Aviation Subcommittee Eyes Future of Aviation

March 18, 2019 The House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation heard from a single panel of witnesses at a March 12 hearing titled “Looking Forward: Aviation 2050.” Testifying before the committee were: Eric Allison, head of elevate... Read more

ULC Model Law Proposal Shifts From Privacy Protection to Drone Protection

March 4, 2019 Model legislation being crafted by the Uniform Law Commission shifted focus from ensuring privacy to protecting drone use during meetings March 1-3... Read more

ICYMI: FAA Unveils Long-Awaited Drone Regulations

February 19, 2019 The Federal Aviation Administration published three new actions in the Federal Register Feb. 13 designed to encourage the safe testing and deployment of drones: A notice of proposed rulemaking that would permit drones to operate over people and fly at... Read more

FAA Proposes New Drone Rules for Flying Over People and At Night

February 13, 2019 The Federal Aviation Administration published three new actions in the Federal Register Feb. 13 designed to encourage the safe testing and deployment of drones... Read more

FAA to Propose New Drone Rules for Flying Over People, at Night

January 22, 2019 As reported by NAMIC, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced new federal policies to expand the legal use of commercial drones... Read more

Special Report: FAA to Propose New Drone Rules for Flying Over People and At Night

January 15, 2019 Billed as the "World's Largest Gathering of Transportation Professionals," more than 13,000 industry leaders including NAMIC, policymakers, administrators, and researchers from government, industry, and academia... Read more

NAMIC Examines Developments in Drone Use

December 13, 2018 NAMIC has published a new white paper, Developments in Insurance Company Drone Use, detailing how insurance companies are finding more and greater uses in serving policyholders from developments in drone-related technology. Authored by Tom Karol, NAMIC... Read more

NAMIC Helps Guide ULC Committees on Drones, AVs

October 29, 2018 Committees of the Uniform Law Commission met in Detroit Oct. 26-28 to continue work on model laws governing drone use and automated driving systems. As an official observer of both committees, NAMIC was on hand and actively participated in the... Read more

Uniform Law Commission to Meet on Drones, Automated Vehicles

October 22, 2018 Uniform Law Commission committees drafting proposed uniform state laws on drones and autonomous vehicles will both meet in Detroit on Oct. 26-28. NAMIC is an official observer to both committees and will advocate for the principles adopted by the... Read more

UAS Privacy Provisions Become Law in FAA Reauthorization Bill

October 8, 2018 A 5-year bill that would authorize federal aviation safety and infrastructure programs set to expire was signed into law Oct. 5 by President Trump. Read more

FAA Reauthorization Bill Includes Drone Privacy Provisions

October 1, 2018 Legislation awaiting Senate approval to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration includes important provisions related to drone privacy that NAMIC has championed for years. Read more

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Airspace Integration of New Aircraft

September 10, 2018 The House Transportation & Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation convened Sept. 6 for a hearing titled “Airspace Integration of New Aircraft” that included witnesses representing the Federal Aviation Administration’s Technical Center, UberElevate... Read more

Key House Committee to Examine Future of Transportation Technology

September 4, 2018 With Congress set to kick off a mad dash of activity over the next month as members head home for the final stretch of the campaign, a key house panel will examine a set of issues related to emerging transportation technology. The House Transportation... Read more

NAMIC Hosts Discussion With Former FAA Counsel on Drone Regulation

August 20, 2018 The NAMIC Drone Working Group hosted an Aug. 15 call with Reggie Govan, former general counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration, and Ben Husch, transportation director of... Read more

Former General Counsel Disputes FAA Assertions on Authority

July 30, 2018 Reginald Govan, former general counsel for the federal Aviation administration, has disputed the FAA’s assertion that it has sole authority to regulate the operations of unmanned aerial systems. In a July 24 letter to the Uniform Law Commission... Read more

Unmanned Systems Caucus Hosts Panel Discussion on Drone Use

July 16, 2018 The Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus, chaired by Reps. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., and Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., hosted a panel discussion July 13 on how commercial unmanned aerial system end-users in... Read more

Revived Congressional Drone Caucus to Hold First Meeting

July 9, 2018 The Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus, headed by Reps. Joe Heck, R-Nevada., and Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., will meet July 13 on Capitol Hill for a discussion with NAMIC and other stakeholders on how unmanned aerial system end users in multiple... Read more

FAA Working on New Drone Rules

June 18, 2018 The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is reviewing a Federal Aviation Administration proposed rule for "Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Over People." The rule would provide relief from FAA operational restrictions and set standards... Read more

Senate Committee Examines Drone Legislation

June 11, 2018 The Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs held a hearing June 6 on S. 2836, the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018: Countering Malicious Drones, a bill that would authorize the Department of Homeland Security and the ... Read more

GAO Issues Report on UAS, Consulted With NAMIC

June 4, 2018 The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report May 24 in response to a request from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure titled "Unmanned Aircraft ... Read more

FAA Reveals UAS Integration Pilot Program Projects

May 14, 2018 Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and the Federal Aviation Administration revealed on May 9 the 10 selected projects for the federal Integration Pilot Program, representing 10 states working in conjunction with state, local, and corporate ... Read more

DOT Publishes Drone Taxi Authorization Procedures

May 7, 2018 In response to commercial interest in developing services to transport people by drone, the Department of Transportation published federal regulatory requirements... Read more

House Passes FAA Bill That Includes Study on UAS Privacy

April 30, 2018 Legislation passed by the House on April 27 to fund the Federal Aviation Administration will require the federal government to examine losses of privacy caused by unmanned aircraft systems... Read more

FAA Reauthorization Bill Includes Key NAMIC Drone Provisions

April 23, 2018 The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee adopted a new five-year reauthorization of the FAA on April 16 that includes legislation designed to promote more and safer integration of drones. The legislation includes several provisions... Read more

Drone Provisions in FAA Bill Study Rather Than Resolve Issues

April 16, 2018 Legislation introduced April 13 to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration contains several provisions related to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, but offer little in the way of substantive policy... Read more

Regulators, Legislators Seek to Address Drone Safety, Liability Issues

March 12, 2018 Federal officials seeking to expand drone use in the United States said on March 6 that they are developing legislative proposals to give more federal agencies powers to identify, track, disrupt, and disable drones that pose security dangers. Read more

Increasing Frequency, Severity of Drone Incidents

February 20, 2018 A helicopter crash landing Feb. 14 was reported to have been caused by a drone, which, if accurate, would be the first drone-related crash of an aircraft in the U.S. In another incident that... Read more

Mississippi: Depreciation of Property Losses, Fraud Reporting Immunity, Cargo Theft Bills Still Alive, Moving

February 5, 2018 Now that the deadline for moving bills out of their original committee has passed, the list of Mississippi bills related to the interests of property/casualty insurers has shrunk considerably. Several... Read more

Drones Need to be Registered - Again

December 18, 2017 Drone users will be required to register their drones with the Federal Aviation Administration under a requirement in the National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by... Read more

House Committee to Examine Emerging use of Drone Technologies

November 27, 2017 A House panel with jurisdiction over the Federal Aviation Administration will hold a hearing Nov. 29 to examine the expanding use of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, in an... Read more

DOT Announces More Details on UAS Integration Pilot Program

November 13, 2017 Following the announcement of a pilot program to enable local governments and technology companies to develop integrations of commercial drones, the Department of Transportation and the Federal aviation administration issued... Read more

Trump Administration Rolls Out Commercial Drone Pilot Program

November 6, 2017 The Department of Transportation has begun to test and evaluate various models of state and local government involvement in the development enforcement of... Read more

NAMIC Holds Congressional Drone Briefing on Capitol Hill

November 6, 2017 NAMIC held a briefing on Capitol Hill Nov. 1 to educate members and their staffs on the use of drones in post-disaster environments by the property/casualty insurance industry. The briefing... Read more

Trump Issues Memorandum for Drone Regulation Program

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Key Member of Congress to Kickoff NAMIC's Congressional Drone Briefing

October 30, 2017 A key member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is set to provide the introductory remarks at a congressional drone briefing NAMIC is hosting Nov. 1 on... Read more

FAA to Announce Airspace for Commercial Drone Flights at 200 Feet

October 23, 2017 The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce soon a new pilot program that would explore limiting specific airspace for commercial drone use between 200 feet and 400 feet, a position first called for by NAMIC... Read more

NAMIC to Represent Insurance Industry in Drone-Standard Setting Body

October 16, 2017 NAMIC has been selected by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. to be the sole insurance member of the Standards Technical Panel for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, the consensus body in the standards development process. The... Read more

NAMIC to Brief Congress on Drones

October 9, 2017 Working with Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., NAMIC will conduct a briefing for members of Congress and staff to highlight insurer use of drones after disasters, the developments... Read more

NAMIC Members Coordinate With FAA, Local Officials to Use Drones in Disasters

September 11, 2017 In the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, NAMIC members have employed drones to provide insurance services to policyholders, including home inspections and... Read more

Hurricane Irma: Story Ideas & Interview Opportunity

September 8, 2017 With Hurricane Irma expected to make landfall in the coming days, property/casualty insurers stand ready to help victims in its path. The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies has... Read more

NAMIC Members Use Drones to Respond to Hurricane Harvey

September 5, 2017 As Houstonians continue to clean up after the wrath of Hurricane Harvey, property/casualty insurers, including NAMIC members, are working closely with emergency and... Read more

Key House Panel Advances Automated Vehicle Legislation

July 24, 2017 A key House subcommittee advanced draft legislation July 19 designed to set federal guidelines surrounding the testing and deployment of highly automated vehicles. The legislative... Read more

Congressman Highlights NAMIC-Backed Drone Privacy Legislation During FAA Reauthorization

July 10, 2017 During a June 27 House committee markup to consider legislation needed to fund the Federal Aviation Administration, a key member of the committee highlighted a NAMIC-backed provision designed to... Read more

NAMIC Backs House Legislation to Create Drone Privacy Threshold as Chambers Advance FAA Measures

June 26, 2017 NAMIC sent a letter to Reps. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., and Julia Brownley, D-Calif., on June 26 in support of legislation that would return private airspace to... Read more

California: NAMIC Submits Testimony Opposing Drones Regulation, Insurance Coverage Requirement Bill

June 26, 2017 NAMIC has submitted written testimony to the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee opposing SB 347, State Remote Piloted Aircraft Act. In its testimony... Read more

Private Airspace Bills Introduced in House, Senate

June 19, 2017 NAMIC secured a win on the legislative front regarding the issue of drones and private airspace with the June 16 introduction of H.R. 2930, the Drone Innovation Act. The legislation introduced... Read more

NAMIC’s CCP Brings Iowa, Georgia to Capitol Hill

June 19, 2017 NAMIC’s Congressional Contact Program continues its march on Capitol Hill with member companies from Iowa and Georgia coming to Washington... Read more

Sunflower State Comes to Washington for CCP

June 12, 2017 NAMIC members from Kansas will be in Washington, D.C., June 12-13 to meet with their federal legislators as part of NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program. Kansas is one of the... Read more

House Panel Hears From Transportation Secretary, Plans to Advance FAA Bill in Days Ahead

June 12, 2017 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard from Elaine Chao, secretary of the Department of Transportation, June 8 on issues related to... Read more

Congressional Drone Bill a Good Start, but More is Needed

June 5, 2017 Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., recently... Read more

Key House Panel to Hear From Transportation Secretary on FAA, Infrastructure

June 5, 2017 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing June 8 to examine issues related... Read more

Three CCP Delegations to Welcome Congress Back to Work

June 5, 2017 Members of Congress return from their Memorial Day recess this week to be met with a busy legislative schedule... Read more

Texas, Indiana Set to Kick-off June CCP

May 30, 2017 Congress is in recess this week, but will return to session on June 6 just in time for the next installment of NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program. NAMIC member companies from Texas will be... Read more

NAMIC’s CCP Program Nears Halfway Mark for 2017

May 22, 2017 The halfway point for NAMIC’s 2017 Congressional Contact Program is fast approaching. The program, in its 32nd year, has seen NAMIC member companies from 18 states come to the nation’s capital to... Read more

Hobby Drone Registration Rules Nixed by Court

May 22, 2017 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled May 19 that the Federal Aviation Administration’s Registration Rule for Hobby Drones violates Section 336 of the FAA... Read more

NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program Returns With 5 States

May 15, 2017 The House of Representatives returns to session on May 16 after a short in-district work period, and when representatives return they will be met with NAMIC member companies from Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, and... Read more

House Committees Hold Pair of Hearings Ahead of FAA Reform

May 15, 2017 Two House committees will hold hearings May 17-18 examining the Federal Aviation Administration and unmanned aircraft ahead of efforts to reauthorize the agency this summer. Funding for the... Read more

Florida: Round-Up of Bills That Passed in Waning Days of Session

May 9, 2017 As the dust begins to settle on the outcome of the 2017 Florida legislative session, there are some positive stories to tell about insurance-related bills that may make it easier to... Read more

When a Restatement is Not a Restatement

May 4, 2017 NAMIC members are well aware of our traditional advocacy efforts in state capitals, in Washington, D.C., at the NAIC, and in certain international forums. While those... Read more

NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program Brings 5 States to Capitol Hill

May 1, 2017 NAMIC member company representatives from Idaho, Illinois, New Jersey, South Dakota, and Wisconsin will be coming to the District of Columbia May 1-4 to meet with their legislators during... Read more

NAMIC's 100 Days of 2017

April 28, 2017 April 29 marks the official end of the first 100-days of the Trump administration. But rather than rehashing our president's record, I thought this would be a fitting time to... Read more

NAMIC Calls for Privacy, Property Airspace Rights Up to 200 Feet for Drone Use

April 26, 2017 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies today called for regulatory or legislative action to establish a uniform, nationwide standard for drone use that respects the rights and privacy of... Read more

NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program Returns With 6 States

April 24, 2017 NAMIC member companies from Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as the LEAD 3 Program from Farm Bureau Financial Services, will come to Washington, D.C., April 25-27 to meet with their... Read more

NAMIC Calls for Congress to Establish National Airspace at 200 Feet, Restore Private Airspace

April 17, 2017 NAMIC is the first association in Washington to call on Congress to restore property owners' rights of private airspace by creating a national airspace"floor" level at 200 feet in... Read more

ICYMI: NAMIC Webinar Examines Risk of Injury From Drone Impact

April 10, 2017 NAMIC conducted an Advocacy Webinar April 6 titled "Can Drones Cause Serious Harm" with presentations by Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and the Center for... Read more

California: NAMIC Joins Industry in Submitting Testimony Opposing Drones Regulation, Insurance Coverage Requirement Bill

April 3, 2017 NAMIC, in conjunction with the other trades has submitted written testimony opposing SB 347, State Remote Piloted Aircraft Act. The bill will be heard in the Senate Transportation and... Read more

Montana: Drones Trespass Liability Bill Tabled Indefinitely

April 3, 2017 SB 170, Drones, Civil Trespass Liability, was amended to address most of the insurance industry concerns, but then was tabled indefinitely with the legislative session adjourning in a... Read more

NAMIC’s Congressional Contact Program Kicks Off With New York, North Carolina

April 3, 2017 NAMIC member companies from New York and North Carolina will be coming to D.C. on April 5-6 to meet with their legislators and kick off the Congressional Contact Program season. Their visits mark... Read more

Webinar: Can Drones Cause Serious Harm?

April 3, 2017 According to the Federal Aviation Administration forecasts, there will be 3.5 million hobby drones and another 450,000 commercial drones in the air by 2021... Read more

T&I Aviation Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on National Airspace System

April 3, 2017 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation will explore at an April 4 hearing how... Read more

South Dakota: End of Session Roundup

April 3, 2017 The 2017 session of the South Dakota Legislature came to a close on March 27, the day devoted to addressing gubernatorial vetoes, none of which affected insurance. During session, multiple insurance-related and... Read more

Advocacy Webinar | Can Drones Cause Serious Harm?

March 31, 2017 About Registration Register Now Event Contact Sarah Schnettler Project Manager 317.876.4258 Sponsored by: NAMIC’s advocacy webinars are designed to inform member companies about important state and federal issues affecting the insurance industry. This w... Read more

NAMIC’s Congressional Contact Program Kicks Off Its 32nd Year

March 27, 2017 NAMIC member company representatives from New York and North Carolina will be coming to Washington, D.C., April 5-6 to meet with their legislators and to kick off the Congressional Contact Program season. Their visits mark... Read more

Sen. Markey, Rep. Welch Reintroduce Drone Legislation

March 20, 2017 Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., reintroduced The Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act on March 15, legislation that would empower the Federal Aviation Administration and... Read more

Senate Committee Explores Drones, NAMIC Briefs Lawmaker

March 20, 2017 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing March 15 to examine public policy issues related to the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system. The hearing, which... Read more

Texas: NAMIC Provides Suggested Amendment on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Legislation

March 16, 2017 NAMIC provided on March 15 a suggested amendment to HB 106/SB 840 pertaining to images of property captured by... Read more

Senate Commerce Committee to Explore Drones, NAMIC to Brief Lawmakers on Private Airspace

March 13, 2017 Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, will lead a March 15 hearing focusing on public policy issues related to... Read more

NAMIC Releases White Paper Calling for FAA, Congress to Restore Private Airspace

March 6, 2017 NAMIC released "Unmanned Aircraft: Defining Private Airspace," a whitepaper exploring how the... Read more

NAMIC: Private Airspace Needed to Protect Property Owners From Drones

March 1, 2017 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies is urging the federal government to protect Americans left vulnerable to drones flying over... Read more

NAMIC's Karol to Speak With Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Drones, Private Airspace

February 27, 2017 NAMIC has been a leader at the intersection of insurance and drones, striving to define and refine the federal regulatory impediments to NAMIC members using drones for... Read more

Wyoming: Unmanned Aircraft Regulation Bill Amended to Address NAMIC/industry Concerns, Passes Out of Senate

February 13, 2017 NAMIC originally opposed the proposed unmanned aircraft, or drones, bill when it was before the Senate Transportation, Highways and... Read more

Hawaii: NAMIC Submits Testimony Supporting Drones Regulation Bill

February 8, 2017 NAMIC has submitted written testimony to the joint committee public hearing of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health on... Read more

Montana: NAMIC Submits Testimony Opposing Drones Trespass Liability Bill

February 2, 2017 NAMIC has submitted written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing SB 170, Drones, Civil Trespass Liability bill. The proposed legislation would arguably expose insurers to civil liability for their use of... Read more

Wyoming: NAMIC Submits Testimony Opposing Unmanned Aircraft Regulation Bill

February 2, 2017 NAMIC has submitted written testimony to the Senate Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee opposing SF 170, Unmanned Aircraft bill. The proposed legislation sets forth a number of regulatory requirements that conflict... Read more

Federal Affairs Committee Sets Agenda for NAMIC on Capitol Hill

January 30, 2017 Members of NAMIC’s Federal Affairs Committee gathered for their annual kickoff meeting Jan. 24 to discuss federal issues currently facing the... Read more

Washington: NAMIC-Opposed Drone Bill Amended to Address Concerns

January 16, 2017 The House Technology and Economic Development Committee has amended HB 1049, Unmanned Aircraft, to address NAMIC and industry concerns that the... Read more

Washington: NAMIC Submits Testimony in Opposition to Drones Bill

January 11, 2017 NAMIC has submitted written testimony to the House Technology and Economic Development Committee opposing HB 1049 (WA HB 1049 Drones bill), Unmanned Aircraft. The proposed legislation would establish a Class 2 civil infraction for... Read more

McRaith's Resignation, Covered Agreements, and the FIO's Future

January 6, 2017 Along with a new administration comes literally thousands of jobs to fill, particularly when the White House transitions from one party to the other. Yesterday, we learned... Read more

Expanded Drone Use Regs Expected Before End of 2016

December 5, 2016 As 2016 draws to a close, it is expected that additional rules for commercial drone flights over populated areas will be among the flood of last-minute rules proposed by the Obama administration. The Federal Aviation... Read more

Tennessee: Wildfires Update

December 5, 2016 The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance held a conference call on the evening of Dec. 2 to update the industry on developments out of Sevier County, Tenn., and the... Read more

FAA Preparing Additional Drone Rules

November 21, 2016 The Federal Aviation Administration on Nov. 15 sent new proposed rules for operating drones over people to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The office reviews draft regulations before they are... Read more

NAMIC to Represent Insurers in UAS Standardizing Efforts

November 14, 2016 NAMIC was a speaker at the 2016 UTM Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Conference, a comprehensive research effort led by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to safely integrate low-altitude... Read more

NAMIC Issues Survey on Drone Use, Coverage

November 7, 2016 NAMIC is surveying insurance companies on the use of drones and insurer coverage of drone use by policyholders. Responses to the survey provide critical factual data to NAMIC for its development of an advocacy position... Read more

UAST Sets to Work on Drone Integration

October 24, 2016 The Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team for the first time Oct. 18-19 in Washington,. D.C., setting the stage for members to begin work on integrating drone technology safely into... Read more

DOT to Form Advisory Team for Unmanned Vehicles Policy

October 24, 2016 The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the establishment of an Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation and solicitation of nominations for... Read more

NAMIC Set for First Meeting of FAA Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team

October 17, 2016 The initial meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team will be held Oct. 18-19 in Washington, D.C., with NAMIC on hand to represent the interests of the property/casualty insurance... Read more

NAMIC Working With Policymakers as Drones Take to the Sky for Hurricane Recovery Efforts

October 17, 2016 With several insurance companies having used drones to survey the damage in South Carolina, Georgia, and other states hit by Hurricane Matthew, NAMIC is working with regulators to better define safety issues and enable... Read more

House Panel to Examine Commercial Drone Rule, NAMIC Invited to Testify

September 23, 2016 A House subcommittee will hold a hearing Sept. 27 examining the recent rulemaking by the Federal Aviation Administration pertaining to the commercial use of unmanned aircraft, or drones. Tom Karol, NAMIC’s federal affairs counsel, was invited to... Read more

NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program Closes Out the Year

September 19, 2016 NAMIC member companies from Maryland came to Washington, D.C., Sept. 12 to participate in NAMIC’s Congressional Contact Program, marking the 33rd and final state to participate in... Read more

Maryland CCP Takes to the Halls of Congress

September 12, 2016 NAMIC member companies from Maryland will come to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in NAMIC’s Congressional Contact Program. These NAMIC delegates will be making the trip to our nation’s capital to... Read more

NAMIC Issues Guide for Members as Drone Rules Take Effect

September 6, 2016 NAMIC has been busy this summer working alongside the White House, Congress, and the Federal Aviation Administration in crafting new regulations pertaining to unmanned aircraft, or... Read more

CCP, Congress Return from August Recess

September 6, 2016 With Congress returning from its August recess, NAMIC’s Congressional Contact Program will also be getting back to work. NAMIC member companies from Maryland will head to our nation’s capital next... Read more

FMDC Webinar | Insurance-Specific Performance Metrics

August 30, 2016 About Registration Register Now Event Contact Lauren Holdcroft Certification Administrator 317.876.4202 FMDC Webinar | Insurance-Specific Performance Metrics July 12, 2017 | 12:00 p.m. EDT As an attendee of this session, you will gain a better understan... Read more

Drone Regulation Efforts Ready for Liftoff

August 15, 2016 The Federal Aviation Administration in June finally released the rules governing the future commercial use of drones. These rules are scheduled to take effect on Aug. 29, and it is fully expected that... Read more

Getting Your Drone Off the Ground: An Insider’s Look at the New FAA Regs

August 10, 2016 About Registration Register Now Event Contact Sarah Schnettler Project Manager 317.876.4258 NAMIC’s advocacy webinars are designed to inform member companies about important state and federal issues affecting the insurance industry. This webinar is inte... Read more

NAMIC Named as First Member of FAA Drone Safety Team

August 5, 2016 With the initial regulations for commercial drone use set to take effect this month, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies is the first member named to a Federal... Read more

CCP, Congress Head Into Recess Until September

July 18, 2016 Congress is in recess until September and that means NAMIC’s Congressional Contact Program will also be taking a hiatus. CCP has made incredible progress so far this year, with NAMIC member companies from 32 states having coming to... Read more

FAA Reauthorization Opens Door for Drones to Speed Disaster Claims

July 13, 2016 Insurers could soon be able to speed their response to natural disasters under a provision in legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration passed by... Read more

NAMIC Participates in Congressional Roundtable Discussion on Drones on Day of FAA Reauthorization Bill Release

July 11, 2016 NAMIC participated in a July 7 roundtable discussion hosted by a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the topic of unmanned aircraft, or... Read more

Congress to Pass FAA Reauthorization With Disaster Exemption Process for Drone Use

July 11, 2016 Despite several obstacles, Congress is now poised to pass a short-term reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration, which will include parts of the House and Senate versions of... Read more

Congress Expected to Punt on FAA Reauthorization Legislation

July 5, 2016 Since the beginning of the year, Congress has been working on legislation to reform and reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration prior to its authorization expiring on... Read more

Reflecting on Progress Made Through CCP

June 27, 2016 July is just around the corner, and as the midpoint of the calendar year approaches NAMIC can reflect on the progress that has been made on top legislative issues thanks to... Read more

FAA Finalizes Drone Rule

June 27, 2016 The Federal Aviation Administration issued its long awaited final rule June 21, providing the first major legal regulation governing the commercial operation of... Read more

Flexible FAA Rule Key to Effective Commercial Drone Growth

June 21, 2016 A new rule establishing a regulatory framework for the legal use of small commercial drones issued by the Federal Aviation Administration today takes a flexible approach that will ensure... Read more

FAA Releases Final Commercial Drone Rule

June 21, 2016 The Federal Aviation Administration today issued its long awaited final rule governing the commercial operation of small drones. The 624-page rule outlines specific requirements and limitations for drones and will take effect in... Read more

CCP Closes Out June With NAMIC Members From Iowa, Illinois

June 20, 2016 NAMIC member company representatives from Iowa and Illinois will be coming to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program. These NAMIC delegates will be meeting with their members of Congress to discuss... Read more

CCP Heats Up With Members From Four States Coming to Washington, D.C.

June 13, 2016 NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program kicks into high gear this week with member companies from Georgia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Texas coming to our nation's capital. Collectively these NAMIC delegates will be... Read more

NAMIC Leads 'Drone Day' in D.C.

June 6, 2016 NAMIC led a group of members granted exemptions by the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones commercially in a series of meetings to highlight the importance of insurance in commercial drone use and... Read more

CCP Kicks Off June With NAMIC Members From Kansas, South Dakota

June 6, 2016 NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program returns June 7 with member companies from Kansas and South Dakota coming to our nation's capital to participate. These advocates will be meeting with lawmakers to discuss NAMIC's top... Read more

Arizona: Legislature Passes Key Insurance Legislation

May 31, 2016 The Arizona Legislature passed a number of important insurance bills in the session that recently concluded. Some of the key bills... Read more

NAMIC to Hold Drone Advocacy Day in Washington

May 23, 2016 Continuing in its role as a leader on drones and insurance, NAMIC will bring drone working group members to Washington, D.C., on June 1 to meet with the... Read more

NAMIC Takes Issue With New Drone Privacy Best Practices Document

May 23, 2016 The Department of Commerce has concluded a yearlong stakeholder group effort and has completed a document outlining best practices on the issue, but without NAMIC support for the... Read more

Missouri, Rhode Island Close Out May for CCP

May 23, 2016 NAMIC member companies from Missouri and Rhode Island will be coming to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program. These advocates will be meeting with lawmakers to discuss NAMIC's top federal... Read more

CCP Brings Gain in Support for Key NAMIC Issues

May 16, 2016 NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program takes a short hiatus this week but will be back next week with NAMIC member companies from Rhode Island and Missouri coming to Washington, D.C., to meet with... Read more

NTIA Looks to Complete Drone Privacy Best Practices

May 16, 2016 After numerous meetings, the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration will reconvene May 18 in hopes of approving a draft best practice document on drones and privacy that has been agreed to by... Read more

Four States Come for CCP as Congress Returns From Recess

May 9, 2016 Congress returns from recess this week when they will be met with the next installment of NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program. NAMIC member companies from... Read more

NAMIC Interviewed by Government Accountability Office for Study on Unmanned Aircraft

May 9, 2016 NAMIC staff was interviewed May 3 by the Government Accountability Office regarding a study the GAO is performing on unmanned aircraft systems, or "drones." After being asked to perform the study by... Read more

California: NAMIC Signs On to Cal Chamber’s Opposition Letter on Liability Insurance Coverage Requirement for Drones

May 4, 2016 NAMIC has joined other members of the insurance industry in signing on to the California Chamber of Commerce’s letter of opposition on AB 2724. The proposed legislation passed out of... Read more

Louisiana: NAMIC Opposes Drone Registration Requirement

May 3, 2016 NAMIC provided written testimony May 2 opposing HB 335, which would require owners of unmanned aerial systems to pay... Read more

Three States Close Out April for CCP

May 2, 2016 NAMIC member companies from Idaho, North Carolina, and Ohio made the trip out to Washington D.C. to participate in the 31st year of NAMIC’s Congressional Contact Program. Through this exceptional grassroots advocacy program... Read more

Commercial Drone Rules Nears End of the Regulatory Process

May 2, 2016 The Federal Aviation Administration has sent the Small Unmanned Aircraft System Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for a final... Read more

Senate Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill

April 25, 2016 Although the passage of the Senate bill was expected, the path forward on FAA reauthorization legislation is unclear. The House, which passed its own very different version of an... Read more

Three States Close Out April for CCP

April 25, 2016 NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program will close out the month of April with member companies from Idaho, North Carolina, and Ohio coming to D.C. to meet with their... Read more

NAMIC Attends FAA Drone Symposium

April 25, 2016 The Federal Aviation Administration held an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Symposium in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University April 19-20 to broaden the... Read more

NAMIC Members From Five States Come for CCP

April 18, 2016 NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program continues its march on Capitol Hill this week with member companies from Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia coming to Washington, D.C., to meet with their federal legislators. These NAMIC de... Read more

Senate to Finish Work on FAA Reauthorization This Week

April 18, 2016 The Senate continued work last week on a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration for 18 months. By the end of the week the chamber had set itself up to move to the next step in the process April 18. If, as expected, the Senate votes to e... Read more

Louisiana: NAMIC Opposes Drone Registration Requirement

April 12, 2016 NAMIC provided written testimony April 12 opposing HB 335 , which would require owners of unmanned aerial systems to pay a registration fee not to exceed $500. NAMIC urges legislators in all states to be mindful of the pending Federal Aviation Administr... Read more

Louisiana: NAMIC Provides Suggested Improvements to Drone Legislation

April 12, 2016 NAMIC provided written testimony April 12 on SB 124 , which provides regulations on the use of unmanned aerial systems. NAMIC suggested the Legislature revamp the exclusion language to make it clear that those operators with the appropriate approvals fr... Read more

NAMIC Testifies Before Catastrophe Working Groups on Use of Drones Following Disasters

April 12, 2016 NAMIC staff made a presentation to a joint meeting of the NAIC Catastrophe Response and Post-Catastrophe Regulatory Guidance (C) working groups on insurer use of drones following disasters. NAMIC asked the working groups to work with the association to ... Read more

Micro UAS Working Group Offers Recommendations for Flight Over People

April 11, 2016 A working group set up by the Federal Aviation Administration has proposed recommendations for potential FAA rule to allow small drones to operate over people – a present restriction that severely limits the effectiveness of commercial drone operation. ... Read more

Senate to Continue Considering FAA Reauthorization Bill

April 11, 2016 The Senate took up legislation on April 7 to reauthorize and reform the Federal Aviation Administration, which was passed by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on March 16. The debate will continue this week, but it is anticip... Read more

FAA to Host Drone Symposium

April 4, 2016 The Federal Aviation Administration will host its first Unmanned Aircraft System Symposium in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on April 19-20. This event is a forum for the UAS industry and stakeholder community to provide feedback ... Read more

Georgia: 40-Day Session Done

March 30, 2016 The 40-day 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly was adjourned March 24. Gov. Nathan Deal now has 40 days to sign or veto bills that passed both bodies. Any bill that is neither signed nor vetoed will become law without the governor’s signature. ... Read more

Ten State Delegations on Tap for CCP in April

March 28, 2016 The halls of Capitol Hill are relatively quiet this week as Congress is in recess, but when lawmakers return in April NAMIC members will be coming to... Read more

Senate Advances FAA Measure, Includes NAMIC-Backed Drone Provisions

March 21, 2016 Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation held a markup March 16 to consider and advance the Senate’s version of the Federal Aviation Administration’s comprehensive reauthorization legislation. The NAMIC... Read more

FAA Expands Conditions for Commercial UAS Exemptions

March 21, 2016 The Federal Aviation Administration has recently made changes to the conditions and limitations it has imposed on commercial operators of UAS that require authorization under the FAA Section 333 process. These changes will greatly enhance the ability of... Read more

NAMIC Calls on FAA, Congress to Allow for Expanded Use of Drone Technology for Insurers

March 16, 2016 Recent allowances for commercial unmanned aircraft systems by the Federal Aviation Administration have expanded the ability of some insurers to... Read more

Utah: Various Tort, Insurance Measures Considered by Legislature

March 15, 2016 The Utah state Legislature concluded on March 10, after a busy session considering a number of tort measures. Some of the more pertinent tort and insurance bills that passed and NAMIC worked on include: HB 36 served as the Department of Insurance omnibu... Read more

Changes to FAA Rules for New or Amended UAS Exemptions

March 15, 2016 The Federal Aviation Administration has not yet published its long-awaited small unmanned aircraft systems rules, but it recently made changes to the conditions and limitations that it has imposed on commercial operators of UAS that require authorizatio... Read more

Senate Holds Hearing on Drones, Will Examine Autonomous Vehicles

March 14, 2016 The Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee examined the commercial uses of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, at a March 10 hearing. The hearing, held the same day the Senate Commerce Committee unveiled a bill to reauthorize the Federal A... Read more

With Congress Back in Washington, Connecticut CCP Takes the Hill

March 14, 2016 NAMIC’s Congressional Contact Program returns this week with the Nutmeg State participating in the program. Steve Chevalier, president of New London County Mutual Insurance Company, will be meeting with members of the Connecticut congressional delegatio... Read more

Senate Commerce Committee to Look at Drone Use in FAA Reauthorization Bill

March 14, 2016 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will mark-up legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration past the current March 31 expiration date at a March 16 meeting. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Commit... Read more

Georgia: Crossover Day Done; Cannabis, Drones, WC, and Rebates Bills Still Alive

March 7, 2016 Feb. 29 was "crossover day" at the Georgia legislature. It also was the day HB 1017 , a problematic electronic discovery bill, was ready for consideration by the full House but fortunately was not added to the House Rules Calendar, essentially killing i... Read more

Utah: NAMIC Provides Written Testimony on More Drone Legislation

March 4, 2016 NAMIC provided written testimony March 3 on SB 210 pertaining to unmanned aerial systems. While the bill is one of the more thoughtful efforts seen around the country, NAMIC expressed its belief that the Federal Aviation Administration will soon be prom... Read more

Utah: NAMIC Joins Joint Letter on Major Drone Legislation

March 4, 2016 NAMIC joined the other national insurance trades on March 3 in a letter to the sponsor of SB 211. The letter outlines the industry’s concerns with this lengthy bill that creates problematic liability insurance requirements for the operators of unmanned ... Read more

NAMIC Participates in Congressional Briefing on Drones

February 22, 2016 NAMIC was part of a Congressional Unmanned Aircraft Systems Caucus Briefing on Feb. 17. Coming on the heels of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee... Read more

NAMIC’s Congressional Contact Program Kicks Off Its 31st Year

February 22, 2016 NAMIC members from Minnesota will be coming to D.C. this week to meet with their legislators and kick off the Congressional Contact Program season. Their visit marks the first... Read more

Georgia: Volatile Bill Topics Include Guns, Drones, Fire Response, Medical Cannabis

February 18, 2016 The Georgia Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee gave a “do pass” recommendation Feb. 10 to SB 282 , which was introduced at the request of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. to prohibit anyone in the financial services industr... Read more

Oklahoma: NAMIC Opposes Restrictive Drone Legislation

February 17, 2016 NAMIC provided written testimony Feb. 16 outlining its objections to HB 2368 , drone legislation. The bill would require the operator of an unmanned aerial system to obtain the written permission of the rural landowner before flying the drone over the p... Read more

Arizona: NAMIC Raises New Concerns Regarding Amendments to Drone Bill

February 17, 2016 NAMIC provided written testimony Feb. 17 to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the amended version of SB 1449 , which takes affirmative steps to regulate the use of unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones. NAMIC provided written testimony on the or... Read more

NAMIC Achieves Progress for Insurance Industry as House Committee Advances Aviation Bill

February 16, 2016 NAMIC worked with House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and members of the committee to successfully amend a massive aviation reform bill on behalf of the property/casualty insurance industry during a Feb. 11 markup. As i... Read more

NAMIC Urges Congress to Allow Insurer Drone Use During Disaster Recovery

February 12, 2016 The safe use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones,” by insurers can help victims of natural disasters get back to their normal lives faster, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies said today. Read more

Hawaii: NAMIC, Trades Request Drones Bill be Deferred Until Next Legislative Session or be Amended

February 11, 2016 NAMIC, in conjunction with the other trades, has submitted written testimony to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health in opposition to SB 2172, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Regulations. In the testimony, NAMIC and the other trades ... Read more

Hawaii: NAMIC, Other Trades Collaborate in Requesting Drone Bill be Deferred Until Next Legislative Session

February 10, 2016 NAMIC, in conjunction with the other trades, has submitted written testimony to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health in opposition to SB 2347 , Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Regulations. In the testimony, the trades acknowledged th... Read more

Hawaii: NAMIC Submits Testimony Opposing Drone Liability Insurance Requirement Bill

February 10, 2016 NAMIC has submitted written testimony to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health in opposition to SB 2095 , Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Liability Insurance Requirement. In its testimony, NAMIC stated that the ability to insure for l... Read more

NAMIC to Take Part in Capitol Hill Drone Briefing

February 8, 2016 NAMIC will be part of a Feb. 17 briefing on drones for congressional members and staff. NAMIC will join the general counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration and the president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International on a panel... Read more

NAMIC Pushes for Insurer Drone Use as Key House Committee Considers Aviation Bill

February 8, 2016 NAMIC is working with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as it prepares to consider a long-awaited and controversial measure to reauthorize and reform the Federal Aviation Administration. H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, an... Read more

Federal Affairs Committee Sets Agenda for NAMIC on Capitol Hill

February 1, 2016 Members of NAMIC’s Federal Affairs Committee met for their annual kickoff meeting last week to discuss federal issues currently facing the property/casualty insurance industry. The committee helps to guide development of policy principles and positions ... Read more

U.S. Chamber Cites NAMIC Leadership on Drone Issues at Initial Policy Meeting

February 1, 2016 The U.S. Chamber of Commerce conducted its initial Drone Policy Organizational Meeting on Jan. 29, which was attended by a large number of chamber members and other interested parties. Prior to the meeting, NAMIC briefed the chamber’s Center for Advance... Read more

FAA Concurs With NAMIC on Need to Resolve Drone Insurance Issues

January 25, 2016 Following a number of meetings, senior Federal Aviation Administration officials have agreed with NAMIC’s position that insurance-related issues need to be included in the ongoing development of drone policy. NAMIC will continue to meet with FAA, the Na... Read more

Virginia: Drone Bills Heard in Subcommittee

January 20, 2016 NAMIC delivered oral testimony Jan. 20 to the House Courts of Justice Criminal Subcommittee regarding several bills on drone activity in the Commonwealth. NAMIC’s testimony requested an amendment that protects an insurer's commercial use of a drone now ... Read more

Florida: Senate TNC Bill No Longer Matches National Compromise

January 20, 2016 State Sen. David Simmons, sponsor of SB 1118 , the insurance-only transportation network company bill, surprised industry representatives and others by filing an amendment one hour before the Jan. 19 late-afternoon Senate Banking and Insurance Committee... Read more

NAMIC Helping Shape Drone Title of Next FAA Reauthorization

January 19, 2016 With funding for the Federal Aviation Administration set to expire March 31, Congress is crafting a massive reauthorization bill to keep the agency’s doors open. As part of that effort, Congress will be including a section of the legislation that will f... Read more

California: Feedback Requested on Drones Regulation Bill

January 14, 2016 SB 868, State Remote Piloted Aircraft Act , has been introduced and sent to Rules for committee assignment. The bill has the following liability insurance requirements: 21760. (a) Every commercial operator of a remote piloted aircraft shall procure, and... Read more

Drone Update: Registration Goes Online, Declaratory Judgment on Jurisdiction Sought

January 11, 2016 The Federal Aviation Administration has announced the public release of the B4UFLY mobile app for Apple devices, as well as the beta version for Android devices. The app provides a status indicator that tells users “Proceed with Caution,” “Warning – Act... Read more

Drones Required to be Registered by Feb. 19

January 4, 2016 Fewer than 45,000 drone operators have complied with rules issued by the Federal Aviation Administration last month that will require many of the millions of drones found under the Christmas tree to be registered with the federal government. As reported... Read more

Administration Faces June Deadline for Regulations

January 4, 2016 Literally thousands of proposed regulations are burrowing through the federal bureaucracy in the last year of Barack Obama’s presidency. The implementation of these proposed regulations depends on how much can be performed by career bureaucrats toiling ... Read more

ACUITY RECEIVES FAA APPROVAL FOR USE OF DRONES IN INSURANCE OPERATIONS

January 4, 2016 SHEBOYGAN, WI (January 4, 2016) – ACUITY announced that it has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, in its insurance operations. ACUITY intends to use drones to enhan... Read more

ACUITY RECEIVES FAA APPROVAL FOR USE OF DRONES IN INSURANCE OPERATIONS

January 4, 2016 SHEBOYGAN, WI (January 4, 2016) – ACUITY announced that it has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, in its insurance operations. ACUITY intends to use drones to enhan... Read more

FAA Publishes Interim Final Rule on Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft

December 14, 2015 The Federal Aviation Administration announced Dec. 8 its Interim UAS Registration rule. Not yet published in the Federal Register, the FAA encourages persons to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments within 30 days of such publication. Th... Read more

NAMIC Continues Work With NTIA on Drone Privacy Best Practices Draft

November 30, 2015 NAMIC continues to be a leader in developing a single draft best practices for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Multi-Stakeholder meeting on privacy, transparency, and accountability regarding commercial and private UAS. Th... Read more

NAMIC Continues to Lead on Drone Efforts

November 23, 2015 As a leading voice on the potential insurance and liability issues stemming from the proliferation of drones, NAMIC continues to work on a number of fronts. Tom Karol, NAMIC’s general counsel – federal, was a featured speaker at the Drone World Expo pan... Read more

NAMIC Submits Testimony, Referenced During House Hearing on Drones

November 23, 2015 NAMIC submitted testimony for a House committee hearing last week that examined questions about safety and privacy given the rapid rise in the commercial use of drones. The hearing, which saw one of the witnesses bring up NAMIC in discussing the insuran... Read more

NAMIC Submits Comments on Drone Registration Initiative

October 26, 2015 NAMIC submitted comments Oct. 23 on the proposal by the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration to clarify the applicability of aircraft registration requirements for unmanned aircraft systems. The proposal from the federal agen... Read more

NTIA Meets on Best Practices, Drone Registration

October 26, 2015 The National Telecommunications and Information Administration conducted its third multi-stakeholder meeting on privacy, transparency, and accountability regarding commercial and private unmanned aircraft systems on Oct. 21, during which the group heard... Read more

FAA Expected to Announce Emergency Regulation Requiring Drone Registration

October 19, 2015 The federal Department of Transportation reportedly plans to announce proposed rules to require registration for all unmanned aircraft “except for toys and those with minimal safety risk.” The department reportedly plans to create a task force of more t... Read more

NAMIC Submits Testimony Ahead of House Hearing on Drone Safety

October 12, 2015 NAMIC submitted testimony Oct. 7 for a hearing titled “Ensuring Aviation Safety in the Era of Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” held in the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation. During the hearing, Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., su... Read more

House Committee to Examine Safety Surrounding Drones, NAMIC to Submit Testimony

October 5, 2015 NAMIC will submit testimony ahead of an Oct. 7 congressional hearing examining safety issues surrounding unmanned aircraft systems. The hearing, titled “Ensuring Aviation Safety in the Era of Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” will be held at 10 a.m. in the Ho... Read more

NAMIC Joins Push to Set Rules for UAS Use

October 5, 2015 NAMIC joined 28 other organizations in a Sept. 30 letter to Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, outlining the benefits of unmanned aerial systems and the need for the continued safety of the national airspace. The lette... Read more

NAMIC Leads Panel on Drones at Recent NTIA Meeting

September 25, 2015 Building on its standing as the industry expert on drones, NAMIC led a panel discussion Sept. 24 on state laws and existing best practices at the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration multi-stakeholder ... Read more

NAMIC Files Drone Compendium With NTIA

September 21, 2015 Less than a week after testifying before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on commercial uses and privacy concerns related to drones, NAMIC filed with the National Telecommunications and Info... Read more

NAMIC’s Testifies on Insurance Use of Drones

September 14, 2015 Tom Karol, NAMIC’s general counsel – federal, testified before a House subcommittee Sept. 10 on the commercial uses and privacy concerns associated with drones. The hearing, “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Commercial Applications and Public Policy Implicatio... Read more

NAMIC: Commercial Drone Use Stymied as Local, State, Federal Governments Can’t Keep Up

September 10, 2015 A lack of clear guidance applicable to the commercial use of drones continues to hamper the development of the technology and its applications, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies said today during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing. Read more

NAMIC’s Federal Affairs Counsel to Testify on Drones

September 8, 2015 Tom Karol, NAMIC’s general counsel – federal, has been asked by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to testify Sept. 10 before the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, at a hearing titled “Unmanned Aerial... Read more

NAMIC Participates as Commerce Department, NTIA Hold First Meeting on Drone Privacy Concerns

August 10, 2015 NAMIC was in attendance Aug. 3 at the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Telecommunications and Information Administration first multi-stakeholder meeting on commercial and private unmanned aircraft systems. The goal of the meeting was to initiate... Read more

NAMIC to Help Craft Federal Drone Privacy Best Practices

July 20, 2015 NAMIC has been accepted to participate in a stakeholder meeting with the Commerce Department and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which was empowered earlier this year by the Obama administration to come up with drone priv... Read more

FAA Says Drones Rules Will be in Place ‘Within a Year’

June 22, 2015 Federal Aviation Administration Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker told members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the FAA’s commercial Unmanned Aerial System, or “drone” rule, “will be in place within a year” during a June 1... Read more

Unmanned Aerial Systems/Drone Update

June 15, 2015 As the Federal Aviation Administration considers new rules for the commercial use of unmanned aerial systems, many insurance companies remain interested in how these rules will develop for both insurer use of UAS and their provision of policyholder cove... Read more

Amid Rulemaking Process, Senators Introduce Drone Bill With Coverage Requirement

May 18, 2015 The Federal Aviation Administration issued a proposed rule in February that would promote commercial drone use to the general support of commercial drone proponents. However, the official rulemaking process for comment and final rule promulgation are ex... Read more

FAA Announces New Drones Program

May 6, 2015 Federal Aviation Administration head Michael Huerta announced the creation of the “Pathfinder Program” May 7, which includes plans to work with three companies on extended line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight operations. According to Huerta, CNN will ... Read more

NAMIC Files Comments with Department of Commerce on Drone Privacy, Transparency, and Accountability

April 27, 2015 Although the Federal Aviation Administration has primary federal authority for unmanned aerial vehicles, the FAA has stated that it will not regulate UAV privacy issues. As a result, the Obama administration authorized the Department of Commerce to esta... Read more

NAMIC Files Comments on FAA’s Proposed Drone Regulations

April 27, 2015 The Federal Aviation Administration proposed rules which could enable small unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to be used for certain commercial purposes, which presently are prohibited. NAMIC filed comments with the FAA April 24 supporting the use of... Read more

NAMIC Seeks Input as Comments Due on Drone Use, Privacy This Week

April 20, 2015 The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed rules that would permit greater commercial use of drones, and NAMIC is preparing comments to the proposed rules, as well as comments to the Commerce Department’s initiative with respect to privacy and dro... Read more

NAMIC Seeks Input as Comments Due on Drone Privacy, Usage

April 13, 2015 The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed rules that would permit greater commercial use of drones, and NAMIC is preparing comments to the proposed rules, as well as comments to the Commerce Department’s initiative with respect to privacy and dro... Read more

The ‘Long Pole’ to Commercial Drone Use?

April 6, 2015 Frustrated with the U.S. regulatory scheme, Amazon is reportedly testing commercial drone use in Canada and England instead. Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, desperately wants to use drones commercially in the US, but has concluded that “Technology is not goin... Read more

Montana: Drone Use Restriction Bill Dies at Procedural Deadline

April 3, 2015 HB 586 , Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, which NAMIC submitted a written statement of concerns to the House Judiciary Committee, has died as a result of legislative procedural deadline. NAMIC asserted that that state legislatures should allow the Federal Avia... Read more

NAMIC Submits Testimony for Senate Commerce Subcommittee Hearing on Drones

March 30, 2015 The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, chaired by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., held a hearing March 24 to examine the state of unmanned aircraft system technology in the U.S. The hearing was designed for the committ... Read more

NAMIC Urges Swift Action on Commercial Drone Regulations

March 24, 2015 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies applauded a Senate Commerce Subcommittee for holding a hearing on the use of unmanned aircraft systems and urged the subcommittee to call for swift action from federal regulators charged with integr... Read more

Senate Committee to Examine Drones, Including Potential Benefits, Concerns Related to Integration, Privacy

March 23, 2015 The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security will hold a hearing March 24 titled “Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Key Considerations Regarding Safety, Innovation, Economic Impact, and Privacy” to e... Read more

Florida: Electronic Delivery, Removal of ‘Four Vehicle Cap,’ FIGA Assessments Bills Ready for Floor Action; Other Bills Moving Through Committee Process

March 16, 2015 Several bills of interest to property/casualty carriers doing business in Florida will be debated on the floor of the House and Senate the week of March 16. HB 273 and SB 202 , both of which would allow electronic delivery of personal lines insurance do... Read more

Montana: NAMIC Submits Testimony Raising Concerns With Drone Use Privacy, Consumer Consent Restrictions Legislation

March 13, 2015 NAMIC has submitted written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee for the March 13 public hearing on HB 593 , Montana Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Act. In its testimony, NAMIC stated that state legislatures should allow the Federal Aviation Admi... Read more

Montana: NAMIC Submits Testimony Raising Concerns With Drone Use Restrictions Legislation

March 12, 2015 NAMIC has submitted written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee for the March 12 public hearing on HB 586 , Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. In its testimony, NAMIC stated that state legislatures should allow the Federal Aviation Administration to finis... Read more

Congress Starts to Weigh In on Drone Rules

March 9, 2015 As the federal regulatory soup of drone regulation has started to simmer, several congressional cooks have come into the kitchen. The Federal Aviation Administration published its long-awaited proposed small UAS regulations in February, and President Ob... Read more

NAMIC White Paper Examines Insurance Issues for Commercial Drones

February 26, 2015 Commercial use of unmanned aerial systems, more commonly known as drones, is poised for rapid expansion, even given – or despite – the far slower development of regulations governing this emerging technology. For property/casualty insurance companies, d... Read more

NAMIC Unveils White Paper Examining Insurance Issues for Commercial Drones

February 26, 2015 NAMIC’s white paper provides insight into the emerging issue of drones, addressing the many complicated aspects that still need resolution through the federal regulatory process before drone users will be able to adequately protect themselves from loss. Read more

An Eye on the Eyes in the Skies

February 26, 2015 NAMIC’s white paper provides insight into the emerging issue of drones, addressing the many complicated aspects that still need resolution through the federal regulatory process before drone users will be able to adequately protect themselves from loss. Read more

Proposed Drone Regulation Officially Posted

February 23, 2015 After being in general circulation for about a week, the Department of Transportation formally published its notice of proposed rulemaking for small drone/unmanned aircraft systems in the Feb. 23 Federal Register. These proposed rules are a major shift ... Read more

Planting Questions on an Emerging Issue

February 18, 2015 Would you ever consider insuring something that is currently illegal? Immediate, knee-jerk reaction is “No,” right? Most likely, yes. But there are some emerging topics being discussed at the upcoming Commercial Lines Seminar that may have some insurers... Read more

FAA Proposes Regs for Commercial Drone Use

February 17, 2015 The Federal Aviation Administration proposed long anticipated regulations Feb. 15 that would allow the operation of small commercial unmanned aircraft systems, also known as “drones.” The proposed changes direct specific operations of small UASs, requir... Read more

RE: Proposed Federal Regulations for Commercial Drone Use

February 16, 2015 Statement By Jimi Grande Senior Vice President, Federal and Political Affairs National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies “NAMIC applauds the new unmanned aircraft systems, or ‘drone,’ rules proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration and the... Read more

Rules for Drone Use Being Reviewed

December 8, 2014 Several insurance companies – including NAMIC members – have requested exemptions from Federal Aviation Administration restrictions on unmanned aerial vehicles or drone use. These petitions propose that the insurance companies would use drones for surve... Read more

UAVs: The Next Big Thing?

June 18, 2014 When most people think of unmanned aerial vehicles, the military automatically comes to mind. That makes sense, considering UAVs have been used by the armed forces for nearly a century. Law enforcement agencies and universities joined the ranks of those... Read more

Pending Disparate Impact Case Likely To Settle; NAMIC Lawsuit Ready to Move Forward

November 1, 2013 As you are aware, in June NAMIC and the American Insurance Association filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that challenges the validity of a recently promulgated HUD rule regarding the disparate impact theory of ... Read more

House Financial Services Committee to Examine International Insurance Issues

June 10, 2013 The House Financial Services Insurance Subcommittee will hold a hearing June 13 on international insurance issues. Titled "The Impact of International Regulatory Standards on the Competitiveness of U.S. Insurers," the hearing will feature a panel of gov... Read more

Amica Insurance’s James Loring earns top CFO award

April 5, 2013 LINCOLN, RI (April 5, 2013) – James P. Loring, chief financial officer at Amica Insurance, was one of nine individuals honored last night as part of the Providence Business News’ third annual Chief Financial Officer Awards program. Loring earned the dis... Read more

NAMIC in the News

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January 13, 2009 Hello... "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." Albert Einstein In the next few months, two New England Democrats, Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Chris Dodd, and the Obama Treasury ... Read more