While serving in the Minnesota Legislature in 2017, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was one of two state legislators who voted against a bill that would allow insurance companies to block payouts to the relatives of terrorists.
The bill, H.F. 1397, placed limitations on “payments to beneficiaries of persons furthering terrorism.”
The bill was introduced in response to the 2015 San Bernardino shooting massacre, in which 14 people were shot and killed. The perpetrators – Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik – took out two life insurance policies totaling $275,000. The federal government intervened and sued to seize the money and use it for the survivors and the victims’ families,