Labor Day, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Veterans Day, Halloween and Valentine’s Day are holidays to most, but for elected officials they are something more–an opportunity to issue press releases, website posts, tweets and other announcements.
Archives for August 2011
Two recent major pieces of federal legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), have created new law in policy areas previously directed by the states. For the first time, the federal government will be taking a lead role in insurance regulation and, accordingly, experienced state insurance regulators have made the jump to Washington, D.C. While these relatively new federal laws will certainly have a direct affect on state regulation, it is worth noting that the movement of state officials to the federal level can itself affect both state and federal policies.