What Is Terrorism?

In renewal of TRIA, insurance industry is asking for clarity on what constitutes a terrorist event.

Besides renewal of the current Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (TRIPRA), the insurance industry is asking Congress to expand and clarify the law to fill gaps in certification and coverage areas.

Duncan Ellis, Marsh’s property practice leader, said yesterday in an interview during a Washington appearance that the fact that the Obama administration has been silent, despite industry prodding, in saying whether the Boston bombing last year was a terrorist event points out a primary industry concern about the current law. Philip Edmundson, co-founder of William Gallagher Associates, a Boston national brokerage firm, said in an interview with PC360, “It has been a year since the event, and yet the administration has not clarified whether the Boston bombing was a certifiable event.” Under the law, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Attorney General must jointly make such a determination.

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