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SFAA Newsletter

The Surety & Fidelity Weekly newsletter is published every Monday.  The newsletter provides valuable information regarding surety and fidelity industry developments, federal and state legislative activity, legal decisions, new bonding opportunities, regulatory news, upcoming industry events, and much more.

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2019: September 9

  • Procurement Coalition Supports Miller Act Indexing Exemption
  • SFAA Raises Concern Over New Debarment Process in New York
  • SFAA and APCIA Obtain Bonding Requirements in New North Carolina P3

2019: July 29

  • New SFAA Service: Online Case Summary Law Library
  • Senate Closes in on Surface Transportation Bill Reauthorization
  • Senate Discusses Conflict with Federal Banking Laws for Cannabis Related Companies
  • Ohio Budget Bill Enacted with Clarification that Bond Threshold Increase Applies Only to Contracts and Not Construction

2019: July 22

  • SUCCESS: Indiana Governor Signs P3 Bonding Law
  • House Committee Highlights Miller Act Protections for Small Businesses
  • P3 Bill Trends
  • Reminder: Call for Data

2019: July 15

  • Missouri Governor Signs SFAA's Bill to Clarify Bonding Requirements for
    Public Works Projects
  • California Bail Bond Bill Fails to Advance After SFAA & APCIA Effort
  • Senate Committee Holds First Hearing on Highway Bill Reauthorization
  • House Committee Discusses Water Resource Development Act
  • Reminder: Call for Data

2019: July 8

  • ENR Annual Surety Supplement: 2019 Surety Mid-Year Update
  • Congress Considers Infrastructure Priorities Before August Recess
  • Trend Spotting – Occupational Licensing Legislation on the Horizon
  • Reminder: Call for Data

2019: June 24

  • New Jersey Includes Bonding Requirements in Proposed P3 Regulations
  • SFAA Attends Hearing on Surface Transportation Bill Reauthorization
  • Oregon Motor Vehicle License Bond Bill Passes without Attorney Fee Provisions for Sureties
  • LSA Spotlight: Surety Association of St. Louis
  • Reminder: Call for Data

2019: June 17

  • Farewell to Lenore Marema
  • LSA Spotlight: Surety Association of San Diego
  • House Committee Approves NDAA with SFAA Bill to Prevent Miller Act Threshold Increases
  • House Set to Consider Next Year’s Transportation Budget This Week
  • Reminder: Call for Data

2019: June 10

  • Success: SFAA-NASBP Legislative Fly-In
  • LSA Spotlight: Surety Association of Ohio
  • Texas Legislature Passes “Right to Repair” Bill for Construction Defects
  • Minnesota Repeals Bond Required for Fuel Distributors and Special Fuel Dealers
  • Reminder: Call for Data

2019: June 3

  • SFAA and NASBP Legislative Fly-In
  • LSA Spotlight: Florida Surety Association
  • Reminder: Call for Data

2019: May 28

  • 2018 Surety Industry Award Winners
  • LSA Spotlight: Rocky Mountain Surety Association
  • States Budget More Money for Infrastructure
  • Ohio State Bond Threshold—Update

2019: May 20

  • 111th Annual Meeting Welcome Video
  • Gribbins says it's a Good Time To "Capitalize on the Public’s Growing
    Support for Infrastructure"
  • SFAA Advances Bonding Priorities as Washington Considers Broad
    Infrastructure Package
  • SFAA Committees Reconsider their Mission and Prioritize Goals at the
    Annual Meeting

2019: May 13

  • 111th Annual Meeting This Week
  • SFAA Bill to Clarify Bonding Requirements in Missouri Heads to Governor's Desk
  • Ohio Turnpike Authority Seeks $500,000 Bond Threshold
  • House Majority Leader kicks off Infrastructure Week in DC

2019: May 6

  • Legislative Fly-In - Register Today
  • The Briefing Room - Federal Affairs
  • SFAA Promotes Careers in the Industry at RIMS
  • States Require Bonding for Wholesale Drug Importation
  • Washington Enacts a Study of Additional Regulation of Home Improvement Contractors

2019: April 29

  • Legislative Fly-In - Register Today
  • ERISA Advisory Council Seeks Updated Bonding Guidance
  • Louisiana Considers Tax Credit Program for P3 Investments
  • Maryland Approves Prevailing Wage Legislation

2019: April 22

  • SFAA 111th Annual Meeting - Register Today
  • Colorado Enacts P3 Bonding Requirements
  • AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson to Discuss the Construction Market at the 111th Annual Meeting
  • States Consider Bond Requirements for Online Notaries
  • Retainage Bills in the States
  • Welcome, Dalton

2019: April 15

  • SFAA 111th Annual Meeting - Hotel Block Rate Extended to April 19
  • Former Special Assistant to President Trump for Infrastructure Gribbin Set as Keynote Speaker of the 111th Annual Meeting
  • Will Bad Facts Make Bad Law in Oregon?
  • Clarifying Bonding Requirements in Missouri Includes Expanding the Payment Bond Obligations
  • Roundtable: No Shortage of Infrastructure Related Work for the Foreseeable Future

2019: April 8

  • Educating Hill Staffers on Surety Bonding
  • House Committee Marks Up Marijuana Safe Harbor Bill
  • Privatized Military Housing Woes Continue

2019: April 1

  • Educating Hill Staffers on Surety Bonding
  • House Committee Marks Up Marijuana Safe Harbor Bill
  • Privatized Military Housing Woes Continue

2019: March 25

  • Dems Puff, GOP Pass on Cannabis Safe Harbors
  • Mississippi Encourages Bonding on Private Projects
  • New York Executive Order Imposes Integrity Clause on State Contracts
  • Local Governments Pressuring on State Bond Thresholds

2019: March 18

  • SFAA Ready to Go for Infrastructure Push in House and Senate
  • States Not Waiting for Congress on Infrastructure
  • Bills of Interest in the States

2019: March 11

  • House Infrastructure Hearings Continue
  • Idaho Pursues Replacing License Bonds with a Recovery Trust
  • Campaign to Amend Pennsylvania's Little Miller Act Launches
  • Colorado Senate Bill Requires P3 Bonding

2019: March 4

  • SuretyFidelity PAC Hosts Events for Hill Sponsors
  • Senate Takes A Different Approach on Infrastructure
  • Two-For-One on Regulations in Idaho
  • Farewell to Rob Duke

2019: February 25

  • A New Wrinkle in Missouri Bonding Legislation
  • Ohio Targets Regulatory Restrictions with Metrics
  • States Increasingly Look to Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure
  • Other State Actions This Week

2019: February 19

  • Senate Looks at Private Activity Bonds to Fund Infrastructure
  • Senate Committee Conducts Hearing on Transportation Infrastructure Funding
  • Army Corp to Implement P3 Pilot Program
  • Florida Governor Takes Aim at Local Occupational Licenses
  • SFAA Leads Claims Seminar for Veteran Affairs Department

2019: February 11

  • A "Big Pot of Money" is Needed for Infrastructure
  • Pa. Includes Favorable Changes to Little Miller Act; Raises Bond Threshold
  • SFAA Working Group Seeks Amendments to State Review of Licensing
  • Kentucky Banks to Provide $125 Million to Fund P3s

2019: February 4

  • Indiana P3 Bonding Bill to be Heard by House Committees
  • House Committee to Start Infrastructure Funding Debate
  • Another Virginia University Opts for $1 Million Bond Threshold
  • State Laws to Limit Retainage on the Rise

2019: January 28

  • SFAA's Miller Act Exemption Bill Introduced in Congress
  • Surety Industry Pushes for 100% Bonding on P3s in Indiana
  • SFAA Objects to Changes to Fidelity Bonds for Credit Unions
  • Direct Action on Public Official Bonds Defeated in New Hampshire
  • 2019 Data Call for Statistics and Financial Statements

2019: January 22

  • Congress Likely To Use Two Bills for Infrastructure
  • New York Budget Allows Alternatives to Bonding
  • Idaho Governor Mandates Occupational Licensing Review
  • North Dakota Considers a $250,000 Bond Threshold
  • Hawaii Wants Stricter Rules for Captives Writing Surety

2019: January 15

  • Slow Start for Congress; Infrastructure to Remain Under Tax Policy Subcommittee
  • State Bond Thresholds in Play
  • Companion Bills Ready to Go in Missouri to Ensure Bonding
  • Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia Review Occupational Licensing
  • Commercial Surety Developments
  • National Mentoring Month Spotlight: Liberty Mutual

2019: January 7 

  • SFAA's Top Two Surety Issues in the New Congress
  • Indiana Bill Would Update Bonding Requirements for P3 Projects
  • Governors Appoint New Insurance Commissioners
  • SFAA Welcomes Bill Heinbokel as Director of Fidelity and Regulatory Compliance
  • 2017 Statistical Reports Available at

2018: December 17 

  • SFAA and AIA Have Legislation to Address Case Law on Bonding for Public Works Projects in Missouri Filed
  • SFAA Addresses Proposed Changes to Federal Broker and Freight Forwarder Bond Requirements
  • Incoming Chair of US House Budget Committee Proposes a $300 Billion Infrastructure Bill
  • Key Bills Affecting Surety Bonds in Ohio Legislature
  • Recent New Bonding Opportunities

2018: December 10 

  • SFAA Board Discusses Strategic Priorities for 2019 and Beyond
  • The Surety Industry Gives Lynn Schubert Best Wishes in her Retirement
  • Robert Duke Elevated to SVP Policy and General Counsel

2018: December 3 

  • Federal Regulatory Fall Agenda Released - Impacts Surety
  • SFAA and its Members Participate in Federal P3 Conference
  • Senate EPW Committee Starts FAST Act Discussion
  • Case Law Developments

2018: November 26 

  • SuretyFidelityPAC is Ready to Go
  • Key Surety Issues Still Under Consideration in Ohio
  • Can an Agreement be Reached in Congress on Infrastructure in 2019?
  • Impact of the State Midterm Elections on Surety Issues

2018: November 19 

  • SFAA Launches Surety & Fidelity Weekly
  • SFAA Increases Promotional and Advocacy Efforts
  • Midterm Election Results - It's Not Over
  • Insurance Commissioners Consider Two Issues that Impact Surety
  • Weekly Case Law Developments

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