SEATTLE — Restaurants and retail businesses whose insurers are denying claims for losses suffered due to shutdowns to combat the COVID-19 pandemic would receive help if a bill introduced today becomes law. SB 5351, sponsored by Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle) and Sen. T’wina Nobles (D-Fircrest), would help ensure that businesses unable to operate due to the pandemic response have the chance to collect business interruption insurance payments that are rightfully owed to them after having paid their premiums for this coverage for years. “Many small businesses, especially restaurants, planned ahead and purchased insurance to protect their businesses against unforeseen disasters,” said Frockt. “Courts in our state have ruled recently that insurance companies should not be allowed to deny legitimate claims based ...Read More
In the decade he has served in the Washington State Legislature, David Frockt has been a champion for improved health care, accessible higher education, a clean environment, and firearm responsibility. David currently serves as vice chair of the Ways & Means Committee and the Health & Long Term Care Committee.
Voters first elected David to serve the 46th Legislative District, comprising North Seattle and the suburbs Lake Forest Park and Kenmore, in 2010, and have re-elected him three times.
Early in his Senate career, David served in his party’s leadership in the Senate, including as Deputy Leader. Long considered an effective legislator even when his party was in the minority, since Democrats regained the majority during the 2018 Legislative Session, David has served as the Senate’s lead capital budget writer. He has championed strong investments in projects to alleviate homelessness, increase access to behavioral health services, and build strong communities throughout Washington State. He also serves as vice chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, playing a key part in the state’s funding decisions.
Read Sen. Frockt’s full biography here.
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