In legislative news:

HB 280, the bill creating new standards for financial stability for group self-insurance funds and giving the Insurance Commissioner more control over failing funds, failed to pass by the 6 PM deadline yesterday. The bill had essentially no opposition, but faced debate on three amendments in the Senate (only one of which passed – requiring the House and Senate Labor Committees to approve rules promulgated by the Commissioner) that slowed it down. The regular Legislative Session ended yesterday, the second Special Session to address the flailing state budget began almost immediately afterwards.

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