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We Reached Over 1 Million People This Year Thanks to You

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Because of your support and the action you have taken, we reached over 1 million people this year, educating them about the fight for their rights.

Thank you to all of our supporters for everything you do.

We will need you to answer the call again in 2019, but for now, from all of us here at Texas Watch, we hope you and yours have a blessed and restful holiday.

Texas Needs Safe Roads, Not Dangerous Trucking Legislation

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We have a safety crisis on Texas roads. Texas has led the nation in the number of large truck crashes for years. Commercial trucks cause many more fatalities in Texas than other large states like California and Florida. Since 2009, the number of truck-related fatalities in Texas has increased an astonishing 105% at a time when our population has risen 18%. House Bill 19 undercuts safety by limiting evidence of corporate negligence in court.

Supplemental Comments on HB 19: Safety Recommendations

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On Tuesday, March 9th, our team helped over 20 families tell their stories of commercial vehicle negligence, resulting in death or injury. After the hearing on HB 19, Chairman Leach asked for additional comment on HB 19. We chose to focus our comments on safety because it is so important for saving lives. We gave the committee many actionable items that would demonstrably reduce death and destruction on Texas roads.

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The Blue Tarp Bill Applies to Snowstorms, Too

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A bad bill passed in the 2017 Texas legislative session favors insurance companies over policyholders.

#StormHelp

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We've compiled resources from across the state to help you protect life and property during this winter storm and in the weeks ahead. 

Press Release: Texas Department of Insurance’s Misinformation and Inaction Stall Efforts to Ensure Proper COVID Auto Insurance Refunds for Texans

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AUSTIN, Texas — In another setback to ensuring that Texans get appropriate auto insurance refunds due to fewer claims and less driving, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) released misleading information to public officials. The information asserts an unsupported claim that drivers have seen $1.4 billion in insurance overcharges returned back into their wallets, one that is contradicted by market data.

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In the News

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In the News: "The Austin-based consumer advocacy group Texas Watch said the case is just one example of an emerging trend during the pandemic—big insurance trying to capitalize on COVID-19." Story here.

Episode 26: The Rundown

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Executive Director Ware Wendell updates the public on our pressing consumer, policyholder, patient, and worker safety priorities as we approach the next legislative session.