Tribpedia: Texas Windstorm Insurance Association

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The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) is a public-private agency that's a pool of property and casualty insurance companies in Texas. It serves as an insurer of last resort for homeowners along the Texas coast. After several for-profit insurance companies stopped writing windstorm policies along the coast, the state created the Texas Catastrophe Property Insurance Association, now TWIA, in ...

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Judge Tells Senator to Testify in Hurricane Claims Case

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State Rep. Larry Taylor, R-League City, head of the House Republican Caucus, sits on the dias waiting for action on the second last day of the first-called special session on June 27, 2011.
State Rep. Larry Taylor, R-League City, head of the House Republican Caucus, sits on the dias waiting for action on the second last day of the first-called special session on June 27, 2011.

A state senator will have to testify in response to allegations that he exerted improper political pressure on the state windstorm insurance agency, a judge ruled Thursday. Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, has been accused of pressuring the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to fight more insurance claims cases in court

Larry Taylor, Steve Mostyn and David Dewhurst
Larry Taylor, Steve Mostyn and David Dewhurst

Political Storm Erupts Over Ike Claims

The former TWIA chief said in a deposition that two top Republican lawmakers tried to pressure him into fighting more cases in court and complained that fees paid to lawyers in settlements were ending up in the coffers of Democrats. The Republicans said their actions were appropriate and had nothing to do with political donations.

Texas Governor Rick Perry ceremonially signed House Bill 4, which lays the foundation for Texas' future water needs. He is joined by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Speaker Joe Straus, Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland and Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay on May 28, 2013
Texas Governor Rick Perry ceremonially signed House Bill 4, which lays the foundation for Texas' future water needs. He is joined by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Speaker Joe Straus, Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland and Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay on May 28, 2013

Perry Open to Expanding Special Session Agenda

Gov. Rick Perry told reporters Friday that he is leaving open the possibility of adding more items to the agenda of the special legislative session, but he wants to first see specific proposals that have a chance of passing.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 3/4/13

The results of the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll on everything from the top race of 2014 to the gun debate, Aaronson on Medicaid expansion, Aguilar on a financial thaw in the Mexican oil patch, Batheja on cents and sensibility, M. Smith on school choice, Rocha and Dehn on TWIA reform, Galbraith on water and fracking, Murphy’s interactive map of poverty in the state, E. Smith's TribLive interview with House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock and Root on a lobby couple living large and reporting small: The best of our best content from March 4-8, 2013.

Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman, shown in the capitol office of state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas.
Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman, shown in the capitol office of state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas.

Insurance Commissioner Answers Industry Bias Charges

Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman hasn't been a stranger to controversy. Some have expressed concern that she is biased toward protecting insurance companies. But Kitzman, who has 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, said her past enables her to take a practical stance on how Texas regulates insurance.

Joint Task Force-129 crew, Jolly 92, flies over the storm surge that overtook the Bolivar Peninsula bridge near Galveston, Texas, Sept. 12, 2008.
Joint Task Force-129 crew, Jolly 92, flies over the storm surge that overtook the Bolivar Peninsula bridge near Galveston, Texas, Sept. 12, 2008.

Task Force Targets Windstorm Insurance Challenges

Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, is leading the charge to educate citizens about the Texas Windstorm Insurance Agency and some of the possible alternatives to rate increases for citizens of the 14 coastal counties. He started a task force to develop a legislative proposal, which the group will present in January.

U.S. Airforce conduct search and rescue - Galveston Island, Texas, after Hurricane Ike Sept. 13.
U.S. Airforce conduct search and rescue - Galveston Island, Texas, after Hurricane Ike Sept. 13.

Report: TWIA Improves Claims Processes

After years of controversy and legal wrangling, a bit of good news today for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association in a report from the State Auditor's Office. It said the insurer's claims process is improving.

Sen. John Carona (r) R-Dallas, and Sen. Chris Harris (l), R-Dallas, listen to Sen. Eddie Lucio object to the the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) bill passed out of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee on June 22, 2011.
Sen. John Carona (r) R-Dallas, and Sen. Chris Harris (l), R-Dallas, listen to Sen. Eddie Lucio object to the the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) bill passed out of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee on June 22, 2011.

TWIA Concerns Are Focus of Senate Committee Hearing

The Senate Commitee on Business and Commerce discussed concerns about how TWIA's decision to increase premium rates could affect coastal homeowners. TWIA, the state coastal insurance agency, has been struggling to properly finance itself since 2008.

State Rep. Larry Taylor, R-League City, head of the House Republican Caucus, sits on the dias waiting for action on the second last day of the first-called special session on June 27, 2011.
State Rep. Larry Taylor, R-League City, head of the House Republican Caucus, sits on the dias waiting for action on the second last day of the first-called special session on June 27, 2011.

Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Review is OK'd

Despite opposition from state Rep. Larry Taylor, the co-chairman of the Windstorm Insurance Legislative Oversight Board, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association's board of directors unanimously decided today to hire a third party to assess its financial structure and a potential rate hike. 

State Rep. Larry Taylor, R-League City, head of the House Republican Caucus, sits on the dias waiting for action on the second last day of the first-called special session on June 27, 2011.
State Rep. Larry Taylor, R-League City, head of the House Republican Caucus, sits on the dias waiting for action on the second last day of the first-called special session on June 27, 2011.

Texas State Rep. Taylor Sorry for Slur Against Jews

State Rep. Larry Taylor, at a legislative oversight hearing Thursday concerning the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, used the slur “Jew them down” when making the point that it needs to pay claims on time. He has since apologized.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 8/15/11

Aaronson analyzes TWIA claims and lawyer fees, Aguilar talks border security and voter ID with Chuy Hinojosa, Grissom on the latest inmate exonerated via DNA evidence, Hamilton interviews John Sharp on higher ed and the SEC, Murphy interactively maps the changes wrought by redistricting, Philpott on who's running Texas while Rick Perry is out campaigning for president, Ramsey on Perry's history of off-the-cuff remarks, Ramshaw on Perry's childhood years in Paint Creek, Root on Perry's extraordinary first week on the trail and Tan on even more ways Texas will change on Sept. 1: The best of our best content from Aug. 15-19, 2011.

Interactive: Visualizing Key Debates in the Lege

The Texas Tribune captured every debate, tirade and joke uttered into the microphones in the House and Senate during the 82nd legislative session in our collection of online transcripts. Our latest series of data applications helps you identify when important debates occurred by visualizing the frequency of keywords.

Perry's TWIA Nemesis Promises to Continue His Fight

Trial lawyer Steve Mostyn insists Gov. Rick Perry and GOP legislators punished him for donating millions to Democrats by putting his clients — coastal homeowners — in the crosshairs. "It's straight-up vendetta politics," he says, vowing to create a national political action committee that will gather opposition research on Perry if he runs for president.

House Speaker Joe Straus (l), R-San Antonio, adjourns the House of Representatives sine die on June 29, 2011.
House Speaker Joe Straus (l), R-San Antonio, adjourns the House of Representatives sine die on June 29, 2011.

Sine Die Report: What Survived, What Died

The Trib's been keeping track of the key issues throughout the special session. From budget measures to school finance, health care and airport groping, here's our final rundown of bills that passed, and the ones that died.