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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Political Storm Erupts Over Ike Claims

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

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.

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

At its first open forum, the Coastal Windstorm Task Force on Wednesday discussed potential legislative solutions to rising premiums and the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association’s financial challenges.

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 for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association came today in a report from the State Auditor's Office: 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 Texas Windstorm Insurance Association was the main topic of discussion at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday as lawmakers raised concerns about proposed rate increases.

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, who co-chairs the Windstorm Insurance Legislative Oversight Board, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association's board decided today to hire a third party to assess its financial structure. 

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 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.

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. 

Sen. John Carona R-Dallas, answers a question by Sen. Wendy Davis D-Ft. Worth regarding HB 3, the TWIA bill on Senate floor June 28th, 2011
Sen. John Carona R-Dallas, answers a question by Sen. Wendy Davis D-Ft. Worth regarding HB 3, the TWIA bill on Senate floor June 28th, 2011

Lawmakers Approve Texas Windstorm Insurance Fix

Over objections from some Democrats and from the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Legislature voted to revamp the state's windstorm insurance program, disposing of a prickly issue that could have forced a second special session.