PRIMA RiskWatch
Feb. 21, 2013

State panel declares financial emergency in Detroit
A Michigan panel has officially declared Detroit in a state of "financial emergency," bringing the financially strapped city one step closer to a state takeover. The declaration was made recently by the state's six-member Financial Review Team, which in December was tasked with examining the city's finances.More

Proposal would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance
A State Assemblyman in New York is pushing a proposal that would place more restrictions on gun owners. The proposal would require anyone who owns a firearm to also buy one million dollars worth of liability insurance. Some estimate premiums for such insurance would amount to more than $2,000 a year.More

Police get the picture on Seattle's spy-camera qualms
The Seattle Times
Seattle police will not turn on cameras installed along the waterfront until critical questions about privacy are answered, the deputy chief told the City Council's Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee recently.More

Missouri House panel considers medical liability limits
The Associated Press via
Missouri doctors recently urged a state House committee to reinstate liability limits for medical malpractice cases after the state Supreme Court struck down an existing cap. An upper limit of $350,000 for noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering was a major piece of Republicans' efforts in 2005 to curb liability lawsuits.More

All hail IBHS: Research organization holds first-ever indoor storm
Property Casualty 360
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety conducted the first-ever indoor hailstorm Feb. 20. At its research center in South Carolina, IBHS used air cannons and homemade ice balls to recreate the damage caused by what IBHS calls "Mother Nature's million-dollar babies."More

FCC Wi-Fi expansion may threaten connected vehicles
State transportation officials and other stakeholders are urging the Federal Communications Commission to slow down on a plan that would improve Wi-Fi but could threaten much-anticipated technology that can help drivers avoid crashes.More