senate Bill S2895A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the interstate insurance product regulation compact to regulate certain insurance products among member states

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Jun 09, 2014 referred to insurance
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 19, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 14, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 13, 2014 1st report cal.720
Apr 29, 2014 print number 2895a
amend and recommit to finance
Feb 10, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to insurance
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 03, 2013 referred to insurance
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 08, 2013 advanced to third reading
May 07, 2013 2nd report cal.
May 06, 2013 1st report cal.556
Feb 11, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Jan 24, 2013 referred to insurance

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May 13, 2014 - Finance committee Vote

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Absent
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Feb 10, 2014 - Insurance committee Vote

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Absent
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Excused
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May 6, 2013 - Finance committee Vote

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Nay
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Excused
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Feb 11, 2013 - Insurance committee Vote

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S2895 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1983A
Current Committee:
Assembly Insurance
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 88 §§8801 - 8817, Ins L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3057B, A4432C
2009-2010: S4869B, A6191

S2895 - Bill Texts

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Establishes the "Interstate insurance product regulation compact" to regulate certain insurance products among member states and to promote and protect the interest of consumers of individual and group annuity, life insurance, disability income and long-term care insurance products.

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BILL NUMBER:S2895

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to estab-
lishing the interstate insurance product regulation compact to regulate
certain insurance products and providing for the repeal of such
provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE: Establishes an interstate insurance product regulation compact.
The purposes of this compact are, through means of joint and cooperative
action among the compacting states:

a. to promote and protect the interest of consumers of individual and
group annuity, life insurance, disability income and long-term care
insurance products;

b. to develop uniform standards for insurance products covered under the
compact;

c. to establish a central clearinghouse to receive and provide prompt
review of insurance products covered under the compact and, in certain
cases, advertisements related thereto, submitted by insurers authorized
to do business in one or more compacting states;

d. to give appropriate regulatory approval to those product filings and
advertisements satisfying the applicable uniform standards;

e. to improve coordination of regulatory resources and expertise among
state insurance departments regarding the setting of uniform standards
and review of insurance products covered under the compact;

f. to create the interstate insurance product regulation commission; and

g. to perform such other related functions as may be consistent with the
state regulation of the business of insurance.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill provides legislative find-
ings.

Section 2 adds a new Article 88 to the Insurance Law entitled the
"Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact" (hereinafter referred
to as the "Compact") This Article consists of seventeen new bill
sections: Sections 8801-8817.

The bill creates an Interstate Insurance Product Approval Commission
(hereinafter referred to as the "Commission") and provides the statutory
framework for states to enter into an interstate insurance product regu-
lation compact.

The Compact would establish a single point of filing for certain insur-
ance products and rate filings which would be subject to uniform
national standards Those states that are members of the Compact would

develop the uniform standards that apply to products filed with the
Commission Product standards would be developed through a rulemaking
process which would require the approval of two-thirds of the commission
management committee and two-thirds of the commission members. Unless a
state opts-out as described below, approval of a product by the Compact
would be the same as approval by a member state. The bill would, howev-
er, allow companies the option to continue to file products in the indi-
vidual states through the existing form filing processes.

The bill also provides that individual states will continue to regulate
market activities and allows for coordination among states and the
Commission to determine instances of violations of uniform standards
subject to the final order of the Commission.

If a state disagrees with a product standard developed by the Commis-
sion, it may opt-out of the uniform standard either by regulation or
legislation For long-term care insurance, states may opt-out at the time
of the joining the Compact ("front-end" opt-out) In order to opt-out by
regulation (a state must show that the uniform standard does not provide
reasonable protections to the citizens of the state and that the needs
of the state outweigh the Legislature's intent to participate in and
receive the benefits of the Compact.

The Compact would become effective when two states enact compact legis-
lation. The Commission becomes operational (that is adopting uniform
standards, receiving products and giving approvals/disapprovals) if
twenty-six states or states representing forty percent of the premium
for life (disability income insurance and long-term care join the
Compact.

Operations of the Commission would be financed initially through
contributions and other Sources of funding and over time through the
filing fees paid by insurers.

All donations, grants of money, equipment, supplies, materials or
services, purchases, gifts, donations, conveyances, mortgages, pledges,
leases and exchanges, received by or on behalf of the Commission will be
limited to the direct funding of the lawful and authorized operations of
the Commission.

In addition, the Commission is solely responsible for its liabilities
unless otherwise specifically provided in the Compact. However, in no
event shall the obligations of the Commission be the debt of the State
of New York nor shall any revenues or property of the State of New York
be liable therefor.

All states joining the Compact would be involved in setting up and over-
seeing the activities of the Compact, including developing product stan-
dards and the rules and operating procedures of the Commission.

The Commission would make an annual report to the legislature and gover-
nor of each state joining the Compact In addition to opting out of

particular product standards, each state has the right to withdraw from
the Compact, by enacting a statute repealing this bill.

Section 3 of the bill provides for a January 1, 2014 effective date,
with an expiration date of December 31, 2016

JUSTIFICATION: In general, interstate compacts are used to establish the
framework for cooperative solutions to multi-state challenges. There
are over two hundred interstate compacts currently in existence covering
a wide variety of subjects Every state belongs to at least fourteen such
compacts This bill is based on the NAIC Model Act.

The bill provides for a single point of product and rate filings subject
to uniform national standards, which provides the following benefits:

a. Regulatory efficiency/effectiveness: more effective use of limited
regulatory resources.

b. Single high-quality review of increasingly complex products

c. Leverage collective expertise of states in setting uniform standards

d. opportunity to redirect resources to other areas of consumer
protection.

e. Meet industry's need for single point of filing.

f Meet industry's need to get products to market in a more timely
manner.

g. Permit industry to compete more effectively with financial insti-
tutions such as banks and security firms.

h. Provide consumers with a broader choice of products in a more timely
manner.

States would still retain control over the insurance regulatory process
even if a state elects to join the compact If a state disagrees with a
product standard developed by the Commission, it may opt-out of the
uniform standard either by regulation or legislation The bill would also
allow companies to continue to file products in the individual states
through the existing form filing process.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.3057-B of 2011-12 S.4869 of 2009-10. S.5053 of
2007-08. S.5243 of 2005-06 S.6346 of 2003-04

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Establishment of a Commission would be of minimal
cost to New York State. The Commission would be funded by the insurance
companies who are utilizing the services of the Commission

EFFECTIVE DATE: The act shall take effect January 1, 2014 and shall
expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2016 provided, however, that

any policy or contract issued during the period that the law is in
effect that has been approved in accordance with this law shall continue
in full force and effect.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                  2895

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Insurance

AN ACT to amend the insurance  law,  in  relation  to  establishing  the
  interstate  insurance  product  regulation compact to regulate certain
  insurance products and providing for the  repeal  of  such  provisions
  upon expiration thereof

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. An interstate  compact  is
an  agreement  between states that permits states to cooperate on multi-
state or national issues while retaining state control. There  are  over
two  hundred  interstate compacts currently in existence and every state
belongs to at least fourteen such  compacts.  The  interstate  insurance
product regulation compact is designed to streamline state product regu-
lation systems to allow insurers to more quickly market certain types of
insurance  products nationally and to reduce the number of variations of
the same product that a company must produce to  meet  specific  product
standards.  The  compact  would  cover individual and group products for
life insurance, annuities, disability income and long-term  care  insur-
ance.  The  state of New York seeks to join with other states and estab-
lish the interstate insurance product regulation compact  and  become  a
member of the interstate insurance product regulation commission.
  S  2.  The insurance law is amended by adding a new article 88 to read
as follows:

                               ARTICLE 88
             INTERSTATE INSURANCE PRODUCT REGULATION COMPACT

SECTION 8801. SHORT TITLE.
        8802. PURPOSE.
        8803. DEFINITIONS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01801-01-3

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        8804. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMISSION AND VENUE.
        8805. POWERS OF THE COMMISSION.
        8806. ORGANIZATION OF THE COMMISSION.
        8807. MEETINGS AND ACTS OF THE COMMISSION.
        8808.  RULES  AND OPERATING PROCEDURES; RULE MAKING FUNCTIONS OF
                THE COMMISSION AND OPTING OUT OF UNIFORM STANDARDS.
        8809. COMMISSION RECORDS AND ENFORCEMENT.
        8810. DISPUTE RESOLUTION.
        8811. PRODUCT FILING AND APPROVAL.
        8812. REVIEW OF COMMISSION DECISIONS REGARDING FILINGS.
        8813. FINANCE.
        8814. COMPACTING STATES, EFFECTIVE DATE AND AMENDMENT.
        8815. WITHDRAWAL, DEFAULT AND TERMINATION.
        8816. SEVERABILITY AND CONSTRUCTION.
        8817. BINDING EFFECT OF COMPACT AND OTHER LAWS.
  S 8801. SHORT TITLE. THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE  CITED  AS
THE "INTERSTATE INSURANCE PRODUCT REGULATION COMPACT".
  S  8802.  PURPOSE.  THE PURPOSES OF THIS COMPACT ARE, THROUGH MEANS OF
JOINT AND COOPERATIVE ACTION AMONG THE COMPACTING STATES:
  (A) TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE INTEREST OF CONSUMERS OF INDIVIDUAL AND
GROUP ANNUITY, LIFE INSURANCE,  DISABILITY  INCOME  AND  LONG-TERM  CARE
INSURANCE PRODUCTS;
  (B)  TO DEVELOP UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR INSURANCE PRODUCTS COVERED UNDER
THE COMPACT;
  (C) TO ESTABLISH A CENTRAL CLEARINGHOUSE TO RECEIVE AND PROVIDE PROMPT
REVIEW OF INSURANCE PRODUCTS COVERED UNDER THE COMPACT AND,  IN  CERTAIN
CASES,  ADVERTISEMENTS RELATED THERETO, SUBMITTED BY INSURERS AUTHORIZED
TO DO BUSINESS IN ONE OR MORE COMPACTING STATES;
  (D) TO GIVE APPROPRIATE REGULATORY APPROVAL TO THOSE  PRODUCT  FILINGS
AND ADVERTISEMENTS SATISFYING THE APPLICABLE UNIFORM STANDARD;
  (E)  TO  IMPROVE  COORDINATION  OF  REGULATORY RESOURCES AND EXPERTISE
BETWEEN STATE INSURANCE DEPARTMENTS REGARDING  THE  SETTING  OF  UNIFORM
STANDARDS AND REVIEW OF INSURANCE PRODUCTS COVERED UNDER THE COMPACT;
  (F)  TO CREATE THE INTERSTATE INSURANCE PRODUCT REGULATION COMMISSION;
AND
  (G) TO PERFORM SUCH OTHER RELATED FUNCTIONS AS MAY BE CONSISTENT  WITH
THE STATE REGULATION OF THE BUSINESS OF INSURANCE.
  S 8803. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE:
  (A)  "ADVERTISEMENT"  MEANS  ANY  MATERIAL  DESIGNED  TO CREATE PUBLIC
INTEREST IN A PRODUCT, OR INDUCE THE PUBLIC TO PURCHASE, INCREASE, MODI-
FY, REINSTATE, BORROW ON, SURRENDER, REPLACE OR RETAIN A POLICY, AS MORE
SPECIFICALLY DEFINED IN  THE  RULES  AND  OPERATING  PROCEDURES  OF  THE
COMMISSION.
  (B) "BY-LAWS" MEAN THOSE BY-LAWS ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSION FOR ITS
GOVERNANCE  OR  FOR DIRECTING OR CONTROLLING THE COMMISSION'S ACTIONS OR
CONDUCT.
  (C) "COMPACTING STATE" MEANS ANY STATE WHICH HAS ENACTED THIS  COMPACT
LEGISLATION  AND  WHICH HAS NOT WITHDRAWN OR BEEN TERMINATED PURSUANT TO
SECTION EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTEEN OF THIS ARTICLE.
  (D) "COMMISSION" MEANS THE "INTERSTATE  INSURANCE  PRODUCT  REGULATION
COMMISSION" ESTABLISHED BY THE COMPACT.
  (E)  "COMMISSIONER" MEANS THE CHIEF INSURANCE REGULATORY OFFICIAL OF A
STATE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO COMMISSIONER, SUPERINTENDENT, DIREC-
TOR OR ADMINISTRATOR.

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  (F) "DOMICILIARY STATE" MEANS THE STATE IN WHICH AN INSURER IS  INCOR-
PORATED  OR  ORGANIZED OR, IN THE CASE OF AN ALIEN INSURER, ITS STATE OF
ENTRY.
  (G)  "INSURER" MEANS ANY ENTITY LICENSED BY A STATE TO ISSUE CONTRACTS
OF INSURANCE FOR ANY OF THE LINES OF INSURANCE COVERED BY THIS ARTICLE.
  (H) "MEMBER" MEANS THE PERSON, OR HIS OR HER  DESIGNEE,  CHOSEN  BY  A
COMPACTING STATE FOR SERVICE ON THE COMMISSION.
  (I)  "NON-COMPACTING STATE" MEANS ANY STATE WHICH IS NOT AT THE TIME A
COMPACTING STATE.
  (J) "OPERATING PROCEDURES" MEAN PROCEDURES PROMULGATED BY THE  COMMIS-
SION  IMPLEMENTING  A  RULE,  UNIFORM  STANDARD  OR  A PROVISION OF THIS
COMPACT.
  (K) "PRODUCT" MEANS THE FORM  OF  THE  CONTRACT,  POLICY  APPLICATION,
ENDORSEMENTS,  CERTIFICATE FORMS, EVIDENCE OF COVERAGE FORMS AND RELATED
FORMS FOR AN INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP  ANNUITY,  LIFE  INSURANCE,  DISABILITY
INCOME  OR LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE PRODUCT, WHICH AN INSURER IS AUTHOR-
IZED TO ISSUE.
  (L) "RULE" MEANS A STATEMENT OF GENERAL  OR  PARTICULAR  APPLICABILITY
AND  FUTURE  EFFECT  PROMULGATED  BY THE COMMISSION, INCLUDING A UNIFORM
STANDARD DEVELOPED PURSUANT TO  SECTION  EIGHT  THOUSAND  EIGHT  HUNDRED
EIGHT  OF  THIS  ARTICLE, DESIGNED TO IMPLEMENT, INTERPRET, OR PRESCRIBE
LAW OR POLICY OR DESCRIBING THE  ORGANIZATION,  PROCEDURE,  OR  PRACTICE
REQUIREMENTS OF THE COMMISSION, WHICH SHALL HAVE THE FORCE AND EFFECT OF
LAW IN THE COMPACTING STATES.
  (M)  "STATE"  MEANS  ANY  STATE,  DISTRICT  OR TERRITORY OF THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA.
  (N) "THIRD-PARTY FILER" MEANS AN ENTITY THAT SUBMITS A PRODUCT  FILING
TO THE COMMISSION ON BEHALF OF AN INSURER.
  (O)  "UNIFORM STANDARD" MEANS A STANDARD ADOPTED BY THE COMMISSION FOR
A PRODUCT LINE, PURSUANT TO SECTION EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT  HUNDRED  EIGHT
OF  THIS  ARTICLE  AND  SHALL INCLUDE ALL OF THE PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS IN
AGGREGATE; PROVIDED, THAT EACH  UNIFORM  STANDARD  SHALL  BE  CONSTRUED,
WHETHER  EXPRESS  OR  IMPLIED,  TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF ANY INCONSISTENT,
MISLEADING OR AMBIGUOUS PROVISIONS IN A PRODUCT AND  THE  FORM  OF  SUCH
PRODUCT MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC SHALL NOT BE UNFAIR, INEQUITABLE OR
AGAINST PUBLIC POLICY AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSION.
  S  8804. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMISSION AND VENUE. (A) THE COMPACTING
STATES HEREBY CREATE AND ESTABLISH A JOINT PUBLIC AGENCY  KNOWN  AS  THE
"INTERSTATE   INSURANCE  PRODUCT  REGULATION  COMMISSION".  PURSUANT  TO
SECTION EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE, THE  COMMIS-
SION  SHALL  HAVE  THE  POWER  TO  DEVELOP UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR PRODUCT
LINES, RECEIVE AND PROVIDE PROMPT REVIEW OF  PRODUCTS  FILED  THEREWITH,
AND GIVE APPROVAL TO THOSE PRODUCT FILINGS SATISFYING APPLICABLE UNIFORM
STANDARDS; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT IT IS NOT INTENDED FOR THE COMMISSION
TO  BE  THE EXCLUSIVE ENTITY FOR RECEIPT AND REVIEW OF INSURANCE PRODUCT
FILINGS. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PROHIBIT ANY INSURER FROM  FILING
ITS PRODUCT IN ANY STATE WHEREIN SUCH INSURER IS LICENSED TO CONDUCT THE
BUSINESS  OF  INSURANCE  AND SUCH FILING SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE LAWS OF
THE STATE WHERE FILED.
  (B) THE COMMISSION IS A BODY CORPORATE AND POLITIC, AND AN  INSTRUMEN-
TALITY OF THE COMPACTING STATES.
  (C)  THE  COMMISSION IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ENTITY, SEPARATE AND DISTINCT
FROM THE INDIVIDUAL COMPACTING STATES.
  (D) THE COMMISSION IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR  ITS  LIABILITIES  UNLESS
OTHERWISE  SPECIFICALLY  PROVIDED  IN  THIS  COMPACT, EXCEPT THAT, IN NO
EVENT SHALL THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE COMMISSION BE THE DEBT OF  THE  STATE

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OF  NEW YORK NOR SHALL ANY REVENUES OR PROPERTY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
BE LIABLE THEREFOR.
  (E) VENUE IN PROPER AND JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS BY OR AGAINST THE COMMIS-
SION  SHALL  BE  BROUGHT  SOLELY AND EXCLUSIVELY IN A COURT OF COMPETENT
JURISDICTION WHERE THE PRINCIPAL OFFICE OF THE COMMISSION IS LOCATED.
  S 8805. POWERS OF THE COMMISSION. (A) THE COMMISSION  SHALL  HAVE  THE
FOLLOWING POWERS:
  (1)  TO  PROMULGATE  RULES,  PURSUANT  TO SECTION EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT
HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE, WHICH SHALL HAVE THE FORCE AND EFFECT  OF
LAW  AND  SHALL BE BINDING IN THE COMPACTING STATES TO THE EXTENT AND IN
THE MANNER PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE;
  (2) TO EXERCISE ITS RULE MAKING  AUTHORITY  AND  ESTABLISH  REASONABLE
UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR PRODUCTS COVERED UNDER THE COMPACT, AND ADVERTISE-
MENT  RELATED  THERETO, WHICH SHALL HAVE THE FORCE AND EFFECT OF LAW AND
SHALL BE BINDING IN THE COMPACTING STATES, BUT ONLY  FOR  SUCH  PRODUCTS
FILED  WITH  THE  COMMISSION; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT A COMPACTING STATE
SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO OPT OUT OF SUCH  UNIFORM  STANDARD  PURSUANT  TO
SECTION EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE TO THE EXTENT
AND  IN  THE  MANNER PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE, AND PROVIDED FURTHER THAT
ANY UNIFORM STANDARD ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LONG-TERM  CARE
INSURANCE  PRODUCTS  MAY  PROVIDE  THE  SAME  OR GREATER PROTECTIONS FOR
CONSUMERS AS, BUT SHALL NOT PROVIDE LESS  THAN,  THOSE  PROTECTIONS  SET
FORTH  IN  THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS' (HEREIN-
AFTER REFERRED TO AS THE "NAIC") LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE MODEL ACT  AND
LONG-TERM  CARE  INSURANCE MODEL REGULATION, RESPECTIVELY, ADOPTED AS OF
2001. THE COMMISSION SHALL CONSIDER WHETHER ANY SUBSEQUENT AMENDMENTS TO
THE NAIC LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE MODEL ACT OR LONG-TERM CARE  INSURANCE
MODEL  REGULATION  ADOPTED  BY  THE NAIC REQUIRE AMENDING OF THE UNIFORM
STANDARDS  ESTABLISHED  BY  THE  COMMISSION  FOR   LONG-TERM   INSURANCE
PRODUCTS;
  (3) TO RECEIVE AND REVIEW IN AN EXPEDITIOUS MANNER PRODUCTS FILED WITH
THE  COMMISSION,  INCLUDING  RATE  FILINGS  FOR  DISABILITY  INCOME  AND
LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE PRODUCTS, AND GIVE APPROVAL OF  THOSE  PRODUCTS
AND  RATE  FILINGS  THAT  SATISFY THE APPLICABLE UNIFORM STANDARD, WHERE
SUCH APPROVAL SHALL HAVE THE FORCE AND EFFECT OF LAW AND BE  BINDING  ON
THE  COMPACTING  STATES  TO THE EXTENT AND IN THE MANNER PROVIDED IN THE
COMPACT;
  (4) TO RECEIVE AND  REVIEW  IN  AN  EXPEDITIOUS  MANNER  ADVERTISEMENT
RELATING  TO  LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE PRODUCTS FOR WHICH UNIFORM STAND-
ARDS HAVE BEEN ADOPTED BY THE COMMISSION,  AND  GIVE  APPROVAL  OF  SUCH
ADVERTISEMENT  THAT  SATISFIES  THE APPLICABLE UNIFORM STANDARD. FOR ANY
PRODUCT COVERED UNDER THIS ARTICLE, OTHER THAN LONG-TERM CARE  INSURANCE
PRODUCTS,  THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REQUIRE AN INSURER
TO SUBMIT ALL OR ANY PART OF ITS  ADVERTISEMENT  WITH  RESPECT  TO  THAT
PRODUCT FOR REVIEW OR APPROVAL PRIOR TO USE IF THE COMMISSION DETERMINES
THAT  THE  NATURE  OF  THE  PRODUCT IS SUCH THAT AN ADVERTISEMENT OF THE
PRODUCT COULD HAVE THE CAPACITY OR TENDENCY TO MISLEAD THE  PUBLIC.  THE
ACTIONS  OF  THE  COMMISSION  AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION SHALL HAVE THE
FORCE AND EFFECT OF LAW AND SHALL BE BINDING IN THE COMPACTING STATES TO
THE EXTENT AND IN THE MANNER PROVIDED IN THE COMPACT;
  (5) TO EXERCISE ITS RULE MAKING AUTHORITY AND DESIGNATE  PRODUCTS  AND
ADVERTISEMENT  THAT MAY BE SUBJECT TO A SELF-CERTIFICATION PROCESS WITH-
OUT THE NEED FOR PRIOR APPROVAL BY THE COMMISSION;
  (6) TO PROMULGATE OPERATING  PROCEDURES,  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  EIGHT
THOUSAND  EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE, WHICH SHALL BE BINDING IN

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THE COMPACTING STATES TO THE EXTENT AND IN THE MANNER  PROVIDED  IN  THE
COMPACT;
  (7) TO BRING AND PROSECUTE LEGAL PROCEEDINGS OR ACTIONS IN ITS NAME AS
THE  COMMISSION;  PROVIDED,  THAT  THE  STANDING  OF ANY STATE INSURANCE
DEPARTMENT TO SUE OR BE SUED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW SHALL NOT BE AFFECTED;
  (8) TO ISSUE SUBPOENAS  REQUIRING  THE  ATTENDANCE  AND  TESTIMONY  OF
WITNESSES AND THE PRODUCTION OF EVIDENCE;
  (9) TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN OFFICES;
  (10) TO PURCHASE AND MAINTAIN INSURANCE AND BONDS;
  (11)  TO BORROW, ACCEPT OR CONTRACT FOR SERVICES OF PERSONNEL, INCLUD-
ING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, EMPLOYEES OF A COMPACTING STATE;
  (12) TO HIRE EMPLOYEES, PROFESSIONALS OR  SPECIALISTS,  AND  ELECT  OR
APPOINT OFFICERS, AND TO FIX THEIR COMPENSATION, DEFINE THEIR DUTIES AND
GIVE  THEM  APPROPRIATE  AUTHORITY  TO  CARRY  OUT  THE  PURPOSES OF THE
COMPACT, AND  DETERMINE  THEIR  QUALIFICATIONS;  AND  TO  ESTABLISH  THE
COMMISSION'S  PERSONNEL  POLICIES  AND PROGRAMS RELATING TO, AMONG OTHER
THINGS, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, RATES OF COMPENSATION AND  QUALIFICATIONS
OF PERSONNEL;
  (13)  TO ACCEPT ANY AND ALL APPROPRIATE DONATIONS AND GRANTS OF MONEY,
EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, MATERIALS AND SERVICES, AND TO RECEIVE, UTILIZE AND
DISPOSE OF THE SAME; PROVIDED THAT AT ALL  TIMES  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL
STRIVE TO AVOID ANY APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY;
  (14)  TO LEASE, PURCHASE, ACCEPT APPROPRIATE GIFTS OR DONATIONS OF, OR
OTHERWISE TO OWN, HOLD, IMPROVE OR USE, ANY PROPERTY, REAL, PERSONAL  OR
MIXED;  PROVIDED  THAT AT ALL TIMES THE COMMISSION SHALL STRIVE TO AVOID
ANY APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY;
  (15) TO SELL, CONVEY, MORTGAGE, PLEDGE, LEASE,  EXCHANGE,  ABANDON  OR
OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF ANY PROPERTY, REAL, PERSONAL OR MIXED;
  (16)  TO REMIT FILING FEES TO COMPACTING STATES AS MAY BE SET FORTH IN
THE BY-LAWS, RULES OR OPERATING PROCEDURES;
  (17) TO ENFORCE COMPLIANCE BY COMPACTING STATES  WITH  RULES,  UNIFORM
STANDARDS, OPERATING PROCEDURES AND BY-LAWS;
  (18) TO PROVIDE FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION AMONG COMPACTING STATES;
  (19)  TO ADVISE COMPACTING STATES ON ISSUES RELATING TO INSURERS DOMI-
CILED OR DOING BUSINESS IN NON-COMPACTING JURISDICTIONS, CONSISTENT WITH
THE PURPOSES OF THE COMPACT;
  (20) TO PROVIDE ADVICE AND TRAINING TO THOSE PERSONNEL IN STATE INSUR-
ANCE DEPARTMENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR PRODUCT REVIEW, AND TO  BE  A  RESOURCE
FOR STATE INSURANCE DEPARTMENTS;
  (21) TO ESTABLISH A BUDGET AND MAKE EXPENDITURES;
  (22) TO BORROW MONEY;
  (23)  TO  APPOINT COMMITTEES, INCLUDING ADVISORY COMMITTEES COMPRISING
MEMBERS, STATE INSURANCE REGULATORS, STATE LEGISLATORS OR  THEIR  REPRE-
SENTATIVES,  INSURANCE  INDUSTRY  AND CONSUMER REPRESENTATIVES, AND SUCH
OTHER INTERESTED PERSONS AS MAY BE DESIGNATED IN THE BY-LAWS;
  (24) TO PROVIDE AND RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM, AND  TO  COOPERATE  WITH
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES;
  (25) TO ADOPT AND USE A CORPORATE SEAL; AND
  (26)  TO PERFORM SUCH OTHER FUNCTIONS AS MAY BE NECESSARY OR APPROPRI-
ATE TO ACHIEVE THE PURPOSES OF THIS COMPACT CONSISTENT  WITH  THE  STATE
REGULATION OF THE BUSINESS OF INSURANCE.
  (B)  ALL DONATIONS, GRANTS OF MONEY, EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, MATERIALS OR
SERVICES, PURCHASES, GIFTS, DONATIONS, CONVEYANCES, MORTGAGES,  PLEDGES,
LEASES  AND  EXCHANGES, AS AUTHORIZED BY SUBSECTION (A) OF THIS SECTION,
RECEIVED BY OR ON BEHALF OF THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  BE  LIMITED  TO  THE

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DIRECT  FUNDING  OF  THE LAWFUL AND AUTHORIZED OPERATIONS OF THE COMMIS-
SION.
  S  8806.  ORGANIZATION  OF  THE  COMMISSION. (A) EACH COMPACTING STATE
SHALL HAVE AND BE LIMITED TO ONE MEMBER. THE SUPERINTENDENT, OR  HIS  OR
HER  DESIGNATED  REPRESENTATIVE,  SHALL  BE  NEW  YORK'S  MEMBER OF SUCH
COMMISSION. EACH MEMBER SHALL BE QUALIFIED TO  SERVE  IN  SUCH  CAPACITY
PURSUANT  TO  APPLICABLE  LAW OF THE COMPACTING STATE. ANY MEMBER MAY BE
REMOVED OR SUSPENDED FROM OFFICE AS PROVIDED BY THE  LAW  OF  THE  STATE
FROM  WHICH  HE  OR SHE SHALL BE APPOINTED. ANY VACANCY OCCURRING IN THE
COMMISSION SHALL BE FILLED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE COMPACTING
STATE WHEREIN SUCH VACANCY EXISTS. NOTHING HEREIN SHALL BE CONSTRUED  TO
AFFECT THE MANNER IN WHICH A COMPACTING STATE DETERMINES THE ELECTION OR
APPOINTMENT AND QUALIFICATION OF ITS OWN COMMISSIONER.
  (B) EACH MEMBER SHALL BE ENTITLED TO ONE VOTE AND SHALL HAVE AN OPPOR-
TUNITY  TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GOVERNANCE OF THE COMMISSION IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE BY-LAWS. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF THIS ARTICLE  TO  THE
CONTRARY,  NO  ACTION OF THE COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO THE PROMULGATION
OF A UNIFORM STANDARD  SHALL  BE  EFFECTIVE  UNLESS  TWO-THIRDS  OF  THE
MEMBERS VOTE IN FAVOR THEREOF.
  (C)  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL,  BY  A MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS, PRESCRIBE
BY-LAWS TO GOVERN ITS CONDUCT AS MAY  BE  NECESSARY  OR  APPROPRIATE  TO
CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES, AND EXERCISE THE POWERS, OF THE COMPACT, INCLUD-
ING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
  (1) ESTABLISHING THE FISCAL YEAR OF THE COMMISSION;
  (2)  PROVIDING  REASONABLE  PROCEDURES  FOR  HOLDING  MEETINGS  OF THE
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE;
  (3) PROVIDING REASONABLE STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR  THE  ESTABLISH-
MENT  OF  OTHER COMMITTEES, AND GOVERNING ANY GENERAL OR SPECIFIC DELEG-
ATION OF ANY AUTHORITY OR FUNCTION OF THE COMMISSION;
  (4) PROVIDING REASONABLE PROCEDURES FOR CALLING AND  CONDUCTING  MEET-
INGS OF THE COMMISSION THAT CONSIST OF A MAJORITY OF COMMISSION MEMBERS,
ENSURING  REASONABLE  ADVANCE NOTICE OF EACH SUCH MEETING, AND PROVIDING
FOR THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS TO ATTEND EACH SUCH  MEETING  WITH  ENUMERATED
EXCEPTIONS  DESIGNED  TO  PROTECT  THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST, THE PRIVACY OF
INDIVIDUALS  AND  INSURERS'  PROPRIETARY  INFORMATION,  INCLUDING  TRADE
SECRETS.  THE COMMISSION MAY MEET IN CAMERA ONLY AFTER A MAJORITY OF THE
ENTIRE MEMBERSHIP VOTES TO CLOSE A MEETING IN TOTO OR IN PART.  AS  SOON
AS  PRACTICABLE,  THE  COMMISSION MUST MAKE PUBLIC A COPY OF THE VOTE TO
CLOSE THE MEETING REVEALING THE VOTE OF EACH MEMBER WITH NO PROXY  VOTES
ALLOWED, AND VOTES TAKEN DURING SUCH MEETING;
  (5)  ESTABLISHING  THE  TITLES,  DUTIES  AND  AUTHORITY AND REASONABLE
PROCEDURES FOR THE ELECTION OF THE OFFICERS OF THE COMMISSION;
  (6) PROVIDING REASONABLE STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR  THE  ESTABLISH-
MENT OF THE PERSONNEL POLICIES AND PROGRAMS OF THE COMMISSION.  NOTWITH-
STANDING  ANY  CIVIL  SERVICE  OR  OTHER  SIMILAR LAWS OF ANY COMPACTING
STATE, THE BY-LAWS SHALL EXCLUSIVELY GOVERN THE PERSONNEL  POLICIES  AND
PROGRAMS OF THE COMMISSION;
  (7) PROMULGATING A CODE OF ETHICS TO ADDRESS PERMISSIBLE AND PROHIBIT-
ED ACTIVITIES OF COMMISSION MEMBERS AND EMPLOYEES; AND
  (8) PROVIDING A MECHANISM FOR WINDING UP THE OPERATIONS OF THE COMMIS-
SION  AND  THE EQUITABLE DISPOSITION OF ANY SURPLUS FUNDS THAT MAY EXIST
AFTER THE TERMINATION OF THE COMPACT AFTER THE PAYMENT AND/OR  RESERVING
OF ALL OF ITS DEBTS AND OBLIGATIONS.
  (D)  THE COMMISSION SHALL PUBLISH ITS BY-LAWS IN A CONVENIENT FORM AND
FILE A COPY THEREOF AND A COPY OF ANY AMENDMENT THERETO, WITH THE APPRO-
PRIATE AGENCY OR OFFICER IN EACH OF THE COMPACTING STATES.

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  (E) A MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE COMPRISING NO MORE  THAN  FOURTEEN  MEMBERS
SHALL BE ESTABLISHED AS FOLLOWS:
  (1) ONE MEMBER FROM EACH OF THE SIX COMPACTING STATES WITH THE LARGEST
PREMIUM  VOLUME  FOR  INDIVIDUAL  AND  GROUP ANNUITIES, LIFE, DISABILITY
INCOME AND  LONG-TERM  CARE  INSURANCE  PRODUCTS,  DETERMINED  FROM  THE
RECORDS OF THE NAIC AS OF DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST OF THE PRIOR YEAR;
  (2)  FOUR  MEMBERS  FROM  THOSE  COMPACTING  STATES  WITH AT LEAST TWO
PERCENT OF THE MARKET BASED ON THE PREMIUM VOLUME DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH
ONE OF THIS SUBSECTION, OTHER THAN SIX COMPACTING STATES WITH THE  LARG-
EST  PREMIUM  VOLUME,  SELECTED  ON  A ROTATING BASIS AS PROVIDED IN THE
BY-LAWS; AND
  (3) FOUR MEMBERS FROM THOSE  COMPACTING  STATES  WITH  LESS  THAN  TWO
PERCENT  OF  THE  MARKET, BASED ON THE PREMIUM VOLUME DESCRIBED IN PARA-
GRAPH ONE OF THIS SUBSECTION, WITH ONE SELECTED FROM EACH  OF  THE  FOUR
ZONE REGIONS OF THE NAIC AS PROVIDED IN THE BY-LAWS.
  (F)  THE  MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SHALL HAVE SUCH AUTHORITY AND DUTIES AS
MAY BE SET FORTH IN THE BY-LAWS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
  (1) MANAGING THE AFFAIRS OF THE COMMISSION IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH
THE BY-LAWS AND PURPOSES OF THE COMMISSION;
  (2) ESTABLISHING AND OVERSEEING AN  ORGANIZATIONAL  STRUCTURE  WITHIN,
AND  APPROPRIATE  PROCEDURES  FOR,  THE  COMMISSION  TO  PROVIDE FOR THE
CREATION OF UNIFORM STANDARDS AND OTHER RULES,  RECEIPT  AND  REVIEW  OF
PRODUCT  FILINGS, ADMINISTRATIVE AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT FUNCTIONS, REVIEW
OF DECISIONS REGARDING THE DISAPPROVAL OF  A  PRODUCT  FILING,  AND  THE
REVIEW  OF  ELECTIONS MADE BY A COMPACTING STATE TO OPT OUT OF A UNIFORM
STANDARD; PROVIDED THAT A UNIFORM STANDARD SHALL NOT BE SUBMITTED TO THE
COMPACTING STATES FOR ADOPTION UNLESS  APPROVED  BY  TWO-THIRDS  OF  THE
MEMBERS OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE;
  (3) OVERSEEING THE OFFICES OF THE COMMISSION; AND
  (4) PLANNING, IMPLEMENTING, AND COORDINATING COMMUNICATIONS AND ACTIV-
ITIES  WITH  OTHER  STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS IN
ORDER TO ADVANCE THE GOALS OF THE COMMISSION.
  (G) THE COMMISSION SHALL ELECT ANNUALLY OFFICERS FROM  THE  MANAGEMENT
COMMITTEE,  WITH EACH HAVING SUCH AUTHORITY AND DUTIES, AS MAY BE SPECI-
FIED IN THE BY-LAWS.
  (H) THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MAY,  SUBJECT  TO  THE  APPROVAL  OF  THE
COMMISSION,  APPOINT  OR  RETAIN  AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR SUCH PERIOD,
UPON SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND FOR SUCH COMPENSATION AS THE  COMMIS-
SION  MAY DEEM APPROPRIATE. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SHALL SERVE AS SECRE-
TARY TO THE COMMISSION, BUT SHALL NOT BE A MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION. THE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SHALL HIRE AND SUPERVISE SUCH OTHER STAFF AS  MAY  BE
AUTHORIZED BY THE COMMISSION.
  (I)  A  LEGISLATIVE  COMMITTEE  COMPRISING  STATE LEGISLATORS OR THEIR
DESIGNEES SHALL BE ESTABLISHED TO MONITOR THE OPERATIONS  OF,  AND  MAKE
RECOMMENDATIONS   TO,  THE  COMMISSION;  PROVIDED  THAT  THE  MANNER  OF
SELECTION AND TERM OF ANY LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER SHALL BE  AS  SET
FORTH  IN  THE  BY-LAWS.  PRIOR TO THE ADOPTION BY THE COMMISSION OF ANY
UNIFORM STANDARD, REVISION  TO  THE  BY-LAWS,  ANNUAL  BUDGET  OR  OTHER
SIGNIFICANT  MATTER  AS  MAY  BE PROVIDED IN THE BY-LAWS, THE MANAGEMENT
COMMITTEE SHALL CONSULT WITH AND REPORT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE.
  (J) THE COMMISSION SHALL ESTABLISH TWO  ADVISORY  COMMITTEES,  ONE  OF
WHICH  SHALL COMPRISE CONSUMER REPRESENTATIVES INDEPENDENT OF THE INSUR-
ANCE INDUSTRY AND THE  OTHER  COMPRISING  INSURANCE  INDUSTRY  REPRESEN-
TATIVES.
  (K) THE COMMISSION MAY ESTABLISH ADDITIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES AS ITS
BY-LAWS MAY PROVIDE FOR THE CARRYING OUT OF ITS FUNCTIONS.

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  (L)  THE  COMMISSION SHALL MAINTAIN ITS CORPORATE BOOKS AND RECORDS IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE BY-LAWS.
  (M) THE MEMBERS, OFFICERS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EMPLOYEES AND REPRESEN-
TATIVES  OF  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  BE  IMMUNE FROM SUIT AND LIABILITY,
EITHER PERSONALLY OR IN THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITY, FOR  ANY  ACTION  TAKEN
REASONABLY  AND  IN GOOD FAITH WHICH RESULTS IN A CLAIM FOR DAMAGE TO OR
LOSS OF PROPERTY OR PERSONAL INJURY OR OTHER CIVIL LIABILITY  CAUSED  BY
OR  ARISING  OUT  OF  ANY  ACTUAL OR ALLEGED ACT, ERROR OR OMISSION THAT
OCCURRED, OR THAT SUCH PERSON  HAD  A  REASONABLE  BASIS  FOR  BELIEVING
OCCURRED  WITHIN THE SCOPE OF COMMISSION EMPLOYMENT, DUTIES OR RESPONSI-
BILITIES; PROVIDED, THAT NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE  CONSTRUED  TO
PROTECT ANY SUCH PERSON FROM SUIT AND/OR LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE, LOSS,
INJURY  OR  LIABILITY  CAUSED  BY  THE INTENTIONAL OR WILLFUL AND WANTON
MISCONDUCT OF THAT PERSON.
  (N) THE COMMISSION SHALL DEFEND ANY MEMBER, OFFICER, EXECUTIVE  DIREC-
TOR,  EMPLOYEE  OR  REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMMISSION IN ANY CIVIL ACTION
SEEKING TO IMPOSE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF ANY ACTUAL  OR  ALLEGED  ACT,
ERROR  OR  OMISSION THAT OCCURRED WITHIN THE SCOPE OF COMMISSION EMPLOY-
MENT, DUTIES OR RESPONSIBILITIES, OR THAT THE DEFENDANT HAD A REASONABLE
BASIS FOR BELIEVING OCCURRED WITHIN THE SCOPE OF COMMISSION  EMPLOYMENT,
DUTIES OR RESPONSIBILITIES; PROVIDED, THAT NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL
BE CONSTRUED TO PROHIBIT THAT PERSON FROM RETAINING HIS OR HER OWN COUN-
SEL;  AND  PROVIDED  FURTHER,  THAT  THE ACTUAL OR ALLEGED ACT, ERROR OR
OMISSION DID NOT RESULT FROM THAT PERSON'S INTENTIONAL  OR  WILLFUL  AND
WANTON MISCONDUCT.
  (O) THE COMMISSION SHALL INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS ANY MEMBER, OFFI-
CER,  EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,  EMPLOYEE OR REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMMISSION
FOR THE AMOUNT OF ANY  SETTLEMENT  OR  JUDGMENT  OBTAINED  AGAINST  SUCH
PERSONS ARISING OUT OF ANY ACTUAL OR ALLEGED ACT, ERROR OR OMISSION THAT
OCCURRED  WITHIN THE SCOPE OF COMMISSION EMPLOYMENT, DUTIES OR RESPONSI-
BILITIES, OR THAT SUCH PERSON  HAD  A  REASONABLE  BASIS  FOR  BELIEVING
OCCURRED  WITHIN THE SCOPE OF COMMISSION EMPLOYMENT, DUTIES OR RESPONSI-
BILITIES, PROVIDED, THAT THE ACTUAL OR ALLEGED ACT,  ERROR  OR  OMISSION
DID  NOT RESULT FROM THE INTENTIONAL OR WILLFUL AND WANTON MISCONDUCT OF
ANY SUCH PERSON.
  S 8807. MEETINGS AND ACTS OF THE COMMISSION. (A) THE COMMISSION  SHALL
MEET AND TAKE SUCH ACTIONS AS ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS
COMPACT AND THE BY-LAWS.
  (B)  EACH  MEMBER  OF THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT AND POWER TO
CAST A VOTE TO WHICH THAT COMPACTING STATE IS ENTITLED  AND  TO  PARTIC-
IPATE IN THE BUSINESS AND AFFAIRS OF THE COMMISSION. A MEMBER SHALL VOTE
IN PERSON OR BY SUCH OTHER MEANS AS PROVIDED IN THE BY-LAWS. THE BY-LAWS
MAY PROVIDE FOR MEMBERS' PARTICIPATION IN MEETINGS BY TELEPHONE OR OTHER
MEANS OF COMMUNICATION.
  (C) THE COMMISSION SHALL MEET AT LEAST ONCE DURING EACH CALENDAR YEAR.
ADDITIONAL MEETINGS SHALL BE HELD AS SET FORTH IN THE BY-LAWS.
  S  8808.  RULES AND OPERATING PROCEDURES; RULE MAKING FUNCTIONS OF THE
COMMISSION AND OPTING OUT OF UNIFORM STANDARDS. (A) THE COMMISSION SHALL
PROMULGATE REASONABLE RULES, INCLUDING UNIFORM STANDARDS  AND  OPERATING
PROCEDURES, IN ORDER TO EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY ACHIEVE THE PURPOSES
OF  THE COMPACT. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, IN THE EVENT THE COMMIS-
SION EXERCISES ITS RULE MAKING AUTHORITY IN A MANNER THAT IS BEYOND  THE
SCOPE  OF  THE  PURPOSES  OF THIS ARTICLE, OR THE POWERS GRANTED IN THIS
SECTION, THEN SUCH ACTION BY THE COMMISSION SHALL BE INVALID AND HAVE NO
FORCE AND EFFECT.

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  (B) RULES AND OPERATING PROCEDURES SHALL BE MADE PURSUANT  TO  A  RULE
MAKING PROCESS THAT CONFORMS TO THE MODEL STATE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE
ACT  OF  1981 AS AMENDED, AS MAY BE APPROPRIATE TO THE OPERATIONS OF THE
COMMISSION. BEFORE THE COMMISSION ADOPTS A UNIFORM STANDARD, THE COMMIS-
SION SHALL GIVE WRITTEN NOTICE TO THE RELEVANT STATE LEGISLATIVE COMMIT-
TEE  IN  EACH  COMPACTING  STATE RESPONSIBLE FOR INSURANCE ISSUES OF ITS
INTENTION TO ADOPT SUCH UNIFORM STANDARD. THE COMMISSION IN  ADOPTING  A
UNIFORM  STANDARD SHALL CONSIDER FULLY ALL SUBMITTED MATERIALS AND ISSUE
A CONCISE EXPLANATION OF ITS DECISION.
  (C) A UNIFORM STANDARD SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE NINETY  DAYS  AFTER  ITS
PROMULGATION  BY THE COMMISSION OR SUCH LATER DATE AS THE COMMISSION MAY
DETERMINE; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT A COMPACTING STATE MAY OPT OUT  OF  A
UNIFORM STANDARD AS PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE. "OPT OUT" SHALL BE DEFINED
AS  ANY  ACTION BY A COMPACTING STATE TO DECLINE TO ADOPT OR PARTICIPATE
IN A PROMULGATED UNIFORM STANDARD. ALL OTHER RULES AND OPERATING  PROCE-
DURES,  AND  AMENDMENTS  THERETO,  SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE AS OF THE DATE
SPECIFIED IN EACH RULE, OPERATING PROCEDURE OR AMENDMENT.
  (D) A COMPACTING STATE MAY OPT OUT OF A UNIFORM  STANDARD,  EITHER  BY
LEGISLATION  OR  REGULATION DULY PROMULGATED BY THE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT
UNDER THE COMPACTING STATE'S ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE ACT. IF A COMPACT-
ING STATE ELECTS TO OPT OUT OF A UNIFORM STANDARD BY REGULATION, IT MUST
GIVE WRITTEN NOTICE TO THE COMMISSION NO LATER THAN  TEN  BUSINESS  DAYS
AFTER  THE  LATER  OF THE UNIFORM STANDARD IS PROMULGATED OR AT THE TIME
THE STATE BECOMES A COMPACTING STATE, AND FIND THAT THE UNIFORM STANDARD
DOES NOT PROVIDE REASONABLE PROTECTIONS TO THE  CITIZENS  OF  THE  STATE
GIVEN  THE CONDITIONS IN THE STATE. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE SPECIFIC
FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW, BASED ON A PREPONDERANCE OF THE
EVIDENCE, DETAILING THE CONDITIONS IN THE STATE WHICH WARRANT  A  DEPAR-
TURE FROM THE UNIFORM STANDARD AND DETERMINING THAT THE UNIFORM STANDARD
WOULD NOT REASONABLY PROTECT THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE. THE COMMISSIONER
MUST CONSIDER AND BALANCE THE FOLLOWING FACTORS AND FIND THAT THE CONDI-
TIONS IN THE STATE AND NEEDS OF THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE OUTWEIGH:
  (1)  THE INTENT OF THE LEGISLATURE TO PARTICIPATE IN, AND THE BENEFITS
OF, AN INTERSTATE  AGREEMENT  TO  ESTABLISH  NATIONAL  UNIFORM  CONSUMER
PROTECTIONS FOR THE PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO THIS ARTICLE; AND
  (2)  THE PRESUMPTION THAT A UNIFORM STANDARD ADOPTED BY THE COMMISSION
PROVIDES REASONABLE PROTECTIONS TO CONSUMERS OF THE RELEVANT PRODUCT.
  NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, A COMPACTING STATE MAY, AT THE TIME  OF
ITS ENACTMENT OF THE COMPACT, PROSPECTIVELY OPT OUT OF ALL UNIFORM STAN-
DARDS  INVOLVING  THE  LONG-TERM  CARE  INSURANCE  PRODUCTS BY EXPRESSLY
PROVIDING FOR SUCH OPT OUT IN THE ENACTED  COMPACT,  AND  SUCH  OPT  OUT
SHALL  NOT  BE TREATED AS A MATERIAL VARIANCE IN THE OFFER OR ACCEPTANCE
OF ANY STATE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPACT. SUCH AN  OPT  OUT  SHALL  BE
EFFECTIVE  AT  THE  TIME  OF  ENACTMENT OF THE COMPACT BY THE COMPACTING
STATE AND SHALL APPLY TO ALL EXISTING UNIFORM STANDARDS INVOLVING  LONG-
TERM CARE INSURANCE PRODUCTS AND THOSE SUBSEQUENTLY PROMULGATED.
  (E) IF A COMPACTING STATE ELECTS TO OPT OUT OF A UNIFORM STANDARD, THE
UNIFORM  STANDARD SHALL REMAIN APPLICABLE IN THE COMPACTING STATE ELECT-
ING TO OPT OUT UNTIL SUCH TIME THE OPT OUT LEGISLATION IS  ENACTED  INTO
LAW OR THE REGULATION OPTING OUT BECOMES EFFECTIVE.
  (F)  ONCE  THE  OPT  OUT  OF  A UNIFORM STANDARD BY A COMPACTING STATE
BECOMES EFFECTIVE AS PROVIDED UNDER THE LAWS OF THAT STATE, THE  UNIFORM
STANDARD SHALL HAVE NO FURTHER FORCE AND EFFECT IN THAT STATE UNLESS AND
UNTIL THE LEGISLATION OR REGULATION IMPLEMENTING THE OPT OUT IS REPEALED
OR  OTHERWISE  BECOMES  INEFFECTIVE  UNDER  THE  LAWS OF THE STATE. IF A
COMPACTING STATE OPTS OUT OF A UNIFORM STANDARD AFTER THE UNIFORM STAND-

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ARD HAS BEEN MADE EFFECTIVE IN THAT STATE, THE OPT OUT  SHALL  HAVE  THE
SAME  PROSPECTIVE  EFFECT AS PROVIDED UNDER SECTION EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT
HUNDRED FIFTEEN OF THIS ARTICLE FOR WITHDRAWALS.
  (G) IF A COMPACTING STATE HAS FORMALLY INITIATED THE PROCESS OF OPTING
OUT  OF  A  UNIFORM STANDARD BY REGULATION, AND WHILE THE REGULATORY OPT
OUT IS PENDING, THE COMPACTING STATE MAY  PETITION  THE  COMMISSION,  AT
LEAST FIFTEEN DAYS BEFORE THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE UNIFORM STANDARD, TO
STAY  THE  EFFECTIVENESS  OF  THE  UNIFORM  STANDARD  IN THAT STATE. THE
COMMISSION MAY GRANT A STAY IF IT DETERMINES THE REGULATORY OPT  OUT  IS
BEING  PURSUED  IN  A  REASONABLE  MANNER  AND  THERE IS A LIKELIHOOD OF
SUCCESS. IF A STAY IS GRANTED OR EXTENDED BY THE COMMISSION, THE STAY OR
EXTENSION THEREOF MAY POSTPONE THE EFFECTIVE DATE BY UP TO NINETY  DAYS,
UNLESS  AFFIRMATIVELY  EXTENDED  BY  THE COMMISSION; PROVIDED HOWEVER, A
STAY MAY NOT BE PERMITTED TO REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR  MORE  THAN  ONE  YEAR
UNLESS  THE  COMPACTING STATE CAN SHOW EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH
WARRANT A CONTINUANCE OF THE STAY INCLUDING, BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO,  THE
EXISTENCE  OF A LEGAL CHALLENGE WHICH PREVENTS THE COMPACTING STATE FROM
OPTING OUT. A STAY MAY BE TERMINATED BY THE COMMISSION UPON NOTICE  THAT
THE RULE MAKING PROCESS HAS BEEN TERMINATED.
  (H)  NOT LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER A RULE OR OPERATING PROCEDURE IS
PROMULGATED, ANY PERSON MAY FILE A PETITION FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW  OF  THE
RULE  OR OPERATING PROCEDURE; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE FILING OF SUCH
A PETITION SHALL NOT STAY OR OTHERWISE PREVENT  THE  RULE  OR  OPERATING
PROCEDURE  FROM BECOMING EFFECTIVE UNLESS THE COURT FINDS THAT THE PETI-
TIONER HAS A SUBSTANTIAL LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS.  THE  COURT  SHALL  GIVE
DEFERENCE  TO  THE  ACTIONS OF THE COMMISSION CONSISTENT WITH APPLICABLE
LAW AND SHALL NOT FIND THE RULE OR OPERATING PROCEDURE TO BE UNLAWFUL IF
THE RULE OR OPERATING PROCEDURE REPRESENTS A REASONABLE EXERCISE OF  THE
COMMISSION'S AUTHORITY.
  S  8809.  COMMISSION RECORDS AND ENFORCEMENT. (A) THE COMMISSION SHALL
PROMULGATE RULES  ESTABLISHING  CONDITIONS  AND  PROCEDURES  FOR  PUBLIC
INSPECTION  AND  COPYING OF ITS INFORMATION AND OFFICIAL RECORDS, EXCEPT
SUCH INFORMATION AND RECORDS INVOLVING THE PRIVACY  OF  INDIVIDUALS  AND
INSURERS'  TRADE SECRETS. THE COMMISSION MAY PROMULGATE ADDITIONAL RULES
UNDER WHICH IT MAY MAKE AVAILABLE TO FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES, INCLUD-
ING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, RECORDS AND INFORMATION  OTHERWISE  EXEMPT
FROM  DISCLOSURE,  AND  MAY  ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITH SUCH AGENCIES TO
RECEIVE OR EXCHANGE INFORMATION OR RECORDS SUBJECT TO NONDISCLOSURE  AND
CONFIDENTIALITY PROVISIONS.
  (B) EXCEPT AS TO PRIVILEGED RECORDS, DATA AND INFORMATION, THE LAWS OF
ANY  COMPACTING  STATE  PERTAINING  TO  CONFIDENTIALITY OR NONDISCLOSURE
SHALL NOT RELIEVE ANY COMPACTING  STATE  COMMISSIONER  OF  THE  DUTY  TO
DISCLOSE  ANY  RELEVANT  RECORDS, DATA OR INFORMATION TO THE COMMISSION;
PROVIDED HOWEVER, THAT DISCLOSURE TO THE COMMISSION SHALL NOT BE  DEEMED
TO  WAIVE  OR  OTHERWISE  AFFECT  ANY  CONFIDENTIALITY  REQUIREMENT; AND
PROVIDED FURTHER THAT, EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE EXPRESSLY  PROVIDED  IN  THIS
ARTICLE, THE COMMISSION SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO THE LAWS OF ANY COMPACT-
ING  STATE  PERTAINING TO CONFIDENTIALITY AND NONDISCLOSURE WITH RESPECT
TO RECORDS, DATA AND INFORMATION IN ITS POSSESSION. CONFIDENTIAL  INFOR-
MATION  OF  THE COMMISSION SHALL REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL AFTER SUCH INFORMA-
TION IS PROVIDED TO ANY COMMISSIONER.
  (C) THE COMMISSION SHALL MONITOR COMPACTING STATES FOR COMPLIANCE WITH
DULY ADOPTED BY-LAWS, RULES, INCLUDING UNIFORM STANDARDS, AND  OPERATING
PROCEDURES.  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  NOTIFY SUCH NONCOMPLYING COMPACTING
STATE IN WRITING OF ITS NONCOMPLIANCE WITH COMMISSION BY-LAWS, RULES  OR
OPERATING  PROCEDURES.  IF  THE  NONCOMPLYING  COMPACTING STATE FAILS TO

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REMEDY SUCH NONCOMPLIANCE WITHIN THE TIME SPECIFIED  IN  THE  NOTICE  OF
NONCOMPLIANCE,  THE COMPACTING STATE SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE IN DEFAULT AS
SET FORTH IN SECTION EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTEEN OF THIS  ARTI-
CLE.
  (D) THE COMMISSIONER OF ANY STATE IN WHICH AN INSURER IS AUTHORIZED TO
DO  BUSINESS, OR IS CONDUCTING THE BUSINESS OF INSURANCE, SHALL CONTINUE
TO EXERCISE HIS OR HER AUTHORITY TO OVERSEE THE MARKET REGULATION OF THE
ACTIVITIES OF THE INSURER IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH  THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THE
STATE'S  LAW.  THE  COMMISSIONER'S  ENFORCEMENT  OF  COMPLIANCE WITH THE
COMPACT IS GOVERNED BY THE FOLLOWING PROVISIONS:
  (1) WITH RESPECT TO THE COMMISSIONER'S MARKET REGULATION OF A  PRODUCT
OR  ADVERTISEMENT  THAT  IS APPROVED OR CERTIFIED TO THE COMMISSION, THE
CONTENT OF THE PRODUCT OR ADVERTISEMENT SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION
OF THE PROVISIONS, STANDARDS OR REQUIREMENTS OF THE COMPACT EXCEPT  UPON
A FINAL ORDER OF THE COMMISSION, ISSUED AT THE REQUEST OF A COMMISSIONER
AFTER  PRIOR NOTICE TO THE INSURER AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR HEARING BEFORE
THE COMMISSION.
  (2) BEFORE A COMMISSIONER MAY BRING AN ACTION  FOR  VIOLATION  OF  ANY
PROVISION,  STANDARD  OR  REQUIREMENT  OF  THE  COMPACT  RELATING TO THE
CONTENT OF AN ADVERTISEMENT NOT APPROVED OR CERTIFIED TO THE COMMISSION,
THE COMMISSION OR AN AUTHORIZED COMMISSION  OFFICER  OR  EMPLOYEE,  MUST
AUTHORIZE  THE ACTION. HOWEVER, AUTHORIZATION PURSUANT TO THIS PARAGRAPH
DOES NOT REQUIRE NOTICE TO  THE  INSURER,  OPPORTUNITY  FOR  HEARING  OR
DISCLOSURE  OF REQUESTS FOR AUTHORIZATION OR RECORDS OF THE COMMISSION'S
ACTION ON SUCH REQUESTS.
  S 8810. DISPUTE RESOLUTION. THE COMMISSION  SHALL  ATTEMPT,  UPON  THE
REQUEST  OF  A  MEMBER, TO RESOLVE ANY DISPUTES OR OTHER ISSUES THAT ARE
SUBJECT TO THIS COMPACT AND WHICH MAY ARISE BETWEEN TWO OR MORE COMPACT-
ING STATES, OR BETWEEN COMPACTING STATES AND NON-COMPACTING STATES,  AND
THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  PROMULGATE  AN OPERATING PROCEDURE PROVIDING FOR
RESOLUTION OF SUCH DISPUTES.
  S 8811. PRODUCT FILING AND  APPROVAL.  (A)  INSURERS  AND  THIRD-PARTY
FILERS  SEEKING  TO HAVE A PRODUCT APPROVED BY THE COMMISSION SHALL FILE
SUCH PRODUCT WITH, AND PAY APPLICABLE FILING FEES  TO,  THE  COMMISSION.
NOTHING  IN  THIS  ARTICLE  SHALL  BE CONSTRUED TO RESTRICT OR OTHERWISE
PREVENT AN INSURER FROM FILING ITS PRODUCT WITH THE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT
IN ANY STATE WHEREIN SUCH INSURER IS LICENSED TO CONDUCT THE BUSINESS OF
INSURANCE, AND SUCH FILING SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE LAWS  OF  THE  STATES
WHERE FILED.
  (B) THE COMMISSION SHALL ESTABLISH APPROPRIATE FILING AND REVIEW PROC-
ESSES  AND  PROCEDURES PURSUANT TO COMMISSION RULES AND OPERATING PROCE-
DURES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION IN THIS SECTION  TO  THE  CONTRARY,
THE COMMISSION SHALL PROMULGATE RULES TO ESTABLISH CONDITIONS AND PROCE-
DURES  UNDER  WHICH THE COMMISSION WILL PROVIDE PUBLIC ACCESS TO PRODUCT
FILING INFORMATION. IN ESTABLISHING SUCH  RULES,  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL
CONSIDER  THE  INTERESTS OF THE PUBLIC IN HAVING ACCESS TO SUCH INFORMA-
TION, AS WELL AS PROTECTION OF PERSONAL MEDICAL AND  FINANCIAL  INFORMA-
TION  AND  TRADE  SECRETS,  THAT MAY BE CONTAINED IN A PRODUCT FILING OR
SUPPORTING INFORMATION.
  (C) ANY PRODUCT APPROVED BY THE COMMISSION MAY BE  SOLD  OR  OTHERWISE
ISSUED  IN  THOSE  COMPACTING  STATES  IN  WHICH  THE INSURER IS LEGALLY
AUTHORIZED TO DO BUSINESS.
  S 8812. REVIEW OF COMMISSION  DECISIONS  REGARDING  FILINGS.  (A)  NOT
LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE COMMISSION HAS GIVEN NOTICE OF A DISAP-
PROVED  PRODUCT  OR ADVERTISEMENT FILED WITH THE COMMISSION, THE INSURER
OR THIRD PARTY FILER WHOSE FILING WAS DISAPPROVED MAY APPEAL THE  DETER-

S. 2895                            12

MINATION  TO  A REVIEW PANEL APPOINTED BY THE COMMISSION. THE COMMISSION
SHALL PROMULGATE RULES  TO  ESTABLISH  PROCEDURES  FOR  APPOINTING  SUCH
REVIEW  PANEL AND PROVIDE FOR NOTICE AND HEARING. AN ALLEGATION THAT THE
COMMISSION,  IN  DISAPPROVING  A PRODUCT OR ADVERTISEMENT FILED WITH THE
COMMISSION, ACTED ARBITRARILY, CAPRICIOUSLY OR IN A MANNER  THAT  IS  AN
ABUSE  OF DISCRETION OR OTHERWISE NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW, IS SUBJECT
TO JUDICIAL REVIEW IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBSECTION (E)  OF  SECTION  EIGHT
THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE.
  (B)  THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE AUTHORITY TO MONITOR, REVIEW AND RECON-
SIDER PRODUCTS AND ADVERTISEMENT SUBSEQUENT TO THEIR FILING OR  APPROVAL
UPON A FINDING THAT THE PRODUCT DOES NOT MEET THE RELEVANT UNIFORM STAN-
DARD.  WHERE  APPROPRIATE,  THE  COMMISSION  MAY  WITHDRAW OR MODIFY ITS
APPROVAL AFTER PROPER NOTICE AND HEARING, SUBJECT TO THE APPEAL  PROCESS
SET FORTH IN SUBSECTION (A) OF THIS SECTION.
  S  8813.  FINANCE.  (A)  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL PAY OR PROVIDE FOR THE
PAYMENT OF THE REASONABLE EXPENSES OF ITS  ESTABLISHMENT  AND  ORGANIZA-
TION.  TO  FUND  THE  COST OF ITS INITIAL OPERATIONS, THE COMMISSION MAY
ACCEPT CONTRIBUTIONS AND OTHER FORMS OF FUNDING FROM THE NAIC,  COMPACT-
ING  STATES  AND OTHER SOURCES. CONTRIBUTIONS AND OTHER FORMS OF FUNDING
FROM OTHER SOURCES SHALL BE OF SUCH A NATURE THAT  THE  INDEPENDENCE  OF
THE  COMMISSION  CONCERNING  THE  PERFORMANCE OF ITS DUTIES SHALL NOT BE
COMPROMISED.
  (B) THE COMMISSION SHALL COLLECT A FILING FEE FROM  EACH  INSURER  AND
THIRD PARTY FILER FILING A PRODUCT WITH THE COMMISSION TO COVER THE COST
OF  THE  OPERATIONS  AND ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMISSION AND ITS STAFF IN A
TOTAL AMOUNT SUFFICIENT TO COVER THE COMMISSION'S ANNUAL BUDGET.
  (C) THE COMMISSION'S BUDGET FOR A FISCAL YEAR SHALL  NOT  BE  APPROVED
UNTIL  IT HAS BEEN SUBJECT TO NOTICE AND COMMENT AS SET FORTH IN SECTION
EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE.
  (D) THE COMMISSION SHALL BE EXEMPT FROM ALL TAXATION  IN  AND  BY  THE
COMPACTING STATES.
  (E)  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  NOT  PLEDGE  THE CREDIT OF ANY COMPACTING
STATE, EXCEPT BY AND  WITH  THE  APPROPRIATE  LEGAL  AUTHORITY  OF  THAT
COMPACTING STATE.
  (F)  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL KEEP COMPLETE AND ACCURATE ACCOUNTS OF ALL
ITS INTERNAL RECEIPTS, INCLUDING GRANTS AND DONATIONS AND  DISBURSEMENTS
OF  ALL  FUNDS UNDER ITS CONTROL. THE INTERNAL FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS OF THE
COMMISSION SHALL BE SUBJECT TO  THE  ACCOUNTING  PROCEDURES  ESTABLISHED
UNDER  ITS  BY-LAWS.  THE  FINANCIAL  ACCOUNTS AND REPORTS INCLUDING THE
SYSTEM OF INTERNAL CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES OF THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  BE
AUDITED ANNUALLY BY AN INDEPENDENT CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT. UPON THE
DETERMINATION OF THE COMMISSION, BUT NO LESS FREQUENTLY THAN EVERY THREE
YEARS, THE REVIEW OF SUCH INDEPENDENT AUDITOR SHALL INCLUDE A MANAGEMENT
AND  PERFORMANCE  AUDIT  OF THE COMMISSION. THE COMMISSION SHALL MAKE AN
ANNUAL REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE OF THE COMPACTING  STATES,
WHICH SHALL INCLUDE A REPORT OF SUCH INDEPENDENT AUDIT. THE COMMISSION'S
INTERNAL  ACCOUNTS  SHALL  NOT BE CONFIDENTIAL AND SUCH MATERIALS MAY BE
SHARED WITH THE COMMISSIONER  OF  ANY  COMPACTING  STATE  UPON  REQUEST,
PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ANY WORK PAPERS RELATED TO ANY INTERNAL OR INDE-
PENDENT  AUDIT  AND ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE PRIVACY OF INDIVIDUALS
AND INSURERS' PROPRIETARY INFORMATION, INCLUDING  TRADE  SECRETS,  SHALL
REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL.
  (G)  NO  COMPACTING  STATE SHALL HAVE ANY CLAIM TO OR OWNERSHIP OF ANY
PROPERTY HELD BY OR VESTED IN THE COMMISSION OR TO ANY COMMISSION  FUNDS
HELD PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS COMPACT.

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  S 8814. COMPACTING STATES, EFFECTIVE DATE AND AMENDMENT. (A) ANY STATE
IS ELIGIBLE TO BECOME A COMPACTING STATE.
  (B)  THE  COMPACT  SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE AND BINDING UPON LEGISLATIVE
ENACTMENT OF THE COMPACT INTO LAW BY  TWO  COMPACTING  STATES;  PROVIDED
HOWEVER,  THAT  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  BECOME EFFECTIVE FOR PURPOSES OF
ADOPTING UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR REVIEWING, AND GIVING APPROVAL OR  DISAP-
PROVAL  OF,  PRODUCTS  FILED WITH THE COMMISSION THAT SATISFY APPLICABLE
UNIFORM STANDARDS ONLY AFTER TWENTY-SIX STATES ARE COMPACTING STATES OR,
ALTERNATIVELY, BY STATES REPRESENTING GREATER THAN FORTY PERCENT OF  THE
PREMIUM  VOLUME FOR LIFE INSURANCE, ANNUITY, DISABILITY INCOME AND LONG-
TERM CARE INSURANCE PRODUCTS, BASED ON RECORDS OF THE NAIC FOR THE PRIOR
YEAR. THEREAFTER, IT SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE AND BINDING AS TO ANY  OTHER
COMPACTING STATE UPON ENACTMENT OF THE COMPACT INTO LAW BY THAT STATE.
  (C)  AMENDMENTS  TO  THE COMPACT MAY BE PROPOSED BY THE COMMISSION FOR
ENACTMENT BY THE COMPACTING STATES. NO AMENDMENT SHALL BECOME  EFFECTIVE
AND  BINDING  UPON  THE  COMMISSION AND THE COMPACTING STATES UNLESS AND
UNTIL ALL COMPACTING STATES ENACT THE AMENDMENT INTO LAW.
  S 8815. WITHDRAWAL, DEFAULT AND TERMINATION.  (A)(1)  ONCE  EFFECTIVE,
THE  COMPACT  SHALL  CONTINUE  IN FORCE AND REMAIN BINDING UPON EACH AND
EVERY COMPACTING STATE; PROVIDED THAT A COMPACTING  STATE  MAY  WITHDRAW
FROM  THE  COMPACT  ("WITHDRAWING  STATE") BY ENACTING A STATUTE SPECIF-
ICALLY REPEALING THE STATUTE WHICH ENACTED THE COMPACT INTO LAW.
  (2) THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF WITHDRAWAL IS  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THE
REPEALING STATUTE.  HOWEVER, THE WITHDRAWAL SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY PROD-
UCT  FILINGS  APPROVED  OR  SELF-CERTIFIED, OR ANY ADVERTISEMENT OF SUCH
PRODUCTS, ON THE DATE THE REPEALING STATUTE BECOMES EFFECTIVE, EXCEPT BY
MUTUAL AGREEMENT OF THE COMMISSION AND THE WITHDRAWING STATE UNLESS  THE
APPROVAL  IS RESCINDED BY THE WITHDRAWING STATE AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH
FIVE OF THIS SUBSECTION.
  (3) THE COMMISSIONER OF THE WITHDRAWING STATE SHALL IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY
THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IN WRITING UPON THE INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION
REPEALING THIS COMPACT IN THE WITHDRAWING STATE.
  (4) THE COMMISSION SHALL NOTIFY THE OTHER  COMPACTING  STATES  OF  THE
INTRODUCTION  OF  SUCH  LEGISLATION WITHIN TEN DAYS AFTER ITS RECEIPT OF
NOTICE THEREOF.
  (5) THE WITHDRAWING STATE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL  OBLIGATIONS,  DUTIES
AND  LIABILITIES  INCURRED  THROUGH  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE OF WITHDRAWAL,
INCLUDING ANY OBLIGATIONS, THE PERFORMANCE OF WHICH  EXTEND  BEYOND  THE
EFFECTIVE DATE OF WITHDRAWAL, EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT THOSE OBLIGATIONS MAY
HAVE BEEN RELEASED OR RELINQUISHED BY MUTUAL AGREEMENT OF THE COMMISSION
AND  THE  WITHDRAWING  STATE.  THE COMMISSION'S APPROVAL OF PRODUCTS AND
ADVERTISEMENT PRIOR TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF WITHDRAWAL  SHALL  CONTINUE
TO  BE  EFFECTIVE  AND BE GIVEN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT IN THE WITHDRAWING
STATE, UNLESS FORMALLY RESCINDED BY THE WITHDRAWING STATE  IN  THE  SAME
MANNER AS PROVIDED BY THE LAWS OF THE WITHDRAWING STATE FOR THE PROSPEC-
TIVE  DISAPPROVAL OF PRODUCTS OR ADVERTISEMENT PREVIOUSLY APPROVED UNDER
STATE LAW.
  (6) REINSTATEMENT FOLLOWING WITHDRAWAL OF ANY COMPACTING  STATE  SHALL
OCCUR  UPON  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE OF THE WITHDRAWING STATE'S LEGISLATION
REENACTING THE COMPACT.
  (B) (1) IF THE COMMISSION DETERMINES THAT ANY COMPACTING STATE HAS  AT
ANY TIME DEFAULTED ("DEFAULTING STATE") IN THE PERFORMANCE OF ANY OF ITS
OBLIGATIONS  OR RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THIS COMPACT, THE BY-LAWS OR DULY
PROMULGATED RULES OR OPERATING PROCEDURES, THEN, AFTER NOTICE AND  HEAR-
ING  AS  SET  FORTH  IN THE BY-LAWS, ALL RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES AND BENEFITS
CONFERRED BY THE COMPACT ON THE DEFAULTING STATE SHALL BE SUSPENDED FROM

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THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF DEFAULT AS FIXED BY THE  COMMISSION.  THE  GROUNDS
FOR  DEFAULT  INCLUDE,  BUT  ARE NOT LIMITED TO, FAILURE OF A COMPACTING
STATE TO PERFORM ITS OBLIGATIONS  OR  RESPONSIBILITIES,  AND  ANY  OTHER
GROUNDS DESIGNATED IN COMMISSION RULES. THE COMMISSION SHALL IMMEDIATELY
NOTIFY THE DEFAULTING STATE IN WRITING OF THE DEFAULTING STATE'S SUSPEN-
SION  PENDING  A CURE OF THE DEFAULT. THE COMMISSION SHALL STIPULATE THE
CONDITIONS AND THE TIME PERIOD WITHIN WHICH THE  DEFAULTING  STATE  MUST
CURE  ITS  DEFAULT.  IF  THE  DEFAULTING STATE FAILS TO CURE THE DEFAULT
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSION, THE DEFAULTING STATE
SHALL BE TERMINATED FROM THE COMPACT  AND  ALL  RIGHTS,  PRIVILEGES  AND
BENEFITS CONFERRED BY THE COMPACT SHALL BE TERMINATED FROM THE EFFECTIVE
DATE OF TERMINATION.
  (2)  PRODUCT  APPROVALS  BY  THE COMMISSION OR PRODUCT SELF-CERTIFICA-
TIONS, OR ANY ADVERTISEMENT IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH PRODUCT, THAT ARE IN
FORCE ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF TERMINATION SHALL REMAIN IN FORCE IN  THE
DEFAULTING STATE IN THE SAME MANNER AS IF THE DEFAULTING STATE HAD WITH-
DRAWN VOLUNTARILY UNDER THIS SECTION.
  (3)  REINSTATEMENT  FOLLOWING  TERMINATION  OF  ANY  COMPACTING  STATE
REQUIRES A REENACTMENT OF THE COMPACT BY THAT STATE.
  (C)(1) THE COMPACT DISSOLVES EFFECTIVE UPON THE DATE OF THE WITHDRAWAL
OR DEFAULT OF THE COMPACTING  STATE  WHICH  REDUCES  MEMBERSHIP  IN  THE
COMPACT TO ONE COMPACTING STATE.
  (2)  UPON THE DISSOLUTION OF THE COMPACT, THE COMPACT BECOMES NULL AND
VOID AND SHALL BE OF NO FURTHER FORCE OR EFFECT, AND  THE  BUSINESS  AND
AFFAIRS  OF THE COMMISSION SHALL BE WOUND UP AND ANY SURPLUS FUNDS SHALL
BE DISTRIBUTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BY-LAWS.
  S 8816. SEVERABILITY AND  CONSTRUCTION.  (A)  THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THE
COMPACT  SHALL  BE  SEVERABLE;  AND  IF  ANY PHRASE, CLAUSE, SENTENCE OR
PROVISION IS DEEMED  UNENFORCEABLE,  THE  REMAINING  PROVISIONS  OF  THE
COMPACT SHALL BE ENFORCEABLE.
  (B)  THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THE  COMPACT SHALL BE LIBERALLY CONSTRUED TO
EFFECTUATE ITS PURPOSES.
  S 8817. BINDING EFFECT OF COMPACT AND OTHER LAWS. (A) NOTHING IN  THIS
SECTION PREVENTS THE ENFORCEMENT OF ANY OTHER LAW OF A COMPACTING STATE,
EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION (B) OF THIS SECTION.
  (B)  FOR  ANY  PRODUCT  APPROVED  OR  CERTIFIED TO THE COMMISSION, THE
RULES, UNIFORM STANDARDS AND ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS  OF  THE  COMMISSION
SHALL  CONSTITUTE  THE  EXCLUSIVE  PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO THE CONTENT,
APPROVAL AND CERTIFICATION OF SUCH PRODUCTS. FOR ADVERTISEMENT  THAT  IS
SUBJECT  TO  THE  COMMISSION'S  AUTHORITY, ANY RULE, UNIFORM STANDARD OR
OTHER REQUIREMENT OF THE COMMISSION WHICH GOVERNS  THE  CONTENT  OF  THE
ADVERTISEMENT  SHALL  CONSTITUTE  THE EXCLUSIVE PROVISION THAT A COMMIS-
SIONER MAY APPLY TO THE CONTENT OF  THE  ADVERTISEMENT.  NOTWITHSTANDING
THE  FOREGOING,  NO  ACTION  TAKEN  BY  THE COMMISSION SHALL ABROGATE OR
RESTRICT:
  (1) THE ACCESS OF ANY PERSON TO STATE COURTS;
  (2) REMEDIES AVAILABLE UNDER STATE LAW RELATED TO BREACH OF  CONTRACT,
TORT OR OTHER LAWS NOT SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED TO THE CONTENT OF THE PROD-
UCT;
  (3) STATE LAW RELATING TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF INSURANCE CONTRACTS; OR
  (4)  THE AUTHORITY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE INCLUDING, BUT
NOT LIMITED TO, MAINTAINING ANY ACTIONS OR PROCEEDINGS AS AUTHORIZED  BY
LAW.
  (C)  ALL  INSURANCE  PRODUCTS  FILED  WITH  INDIVIDUAL STATES SHALL BE
SUBJECT TO THE LAWS OF THOSE STATES.

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  (D) ALL LAWFUL ACTIONS OF THE  COMMISSION,  INCLUDING  ALL  RULES  AND
OPERATING PROCEDURES PROMULGATED BY THE COMMISSION, ARE BINDING UPON THE
COMPACTING STATES.
  (E)  ALL  AGREEMENTS  BETWEEN THE COMMISSION AND THE COMPACTING STATES
ARE BINDING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR TERMS.
  (F) UPON THE REQUEST OF A PARTY TO A  CONFLICT  OVER  THE  MEANING  OR
INTERPRETATION  OF  COMMISSION  ACTIONS, AND UPON A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE
COMPACTING STATES, THE COMMISSION MAY ISSUE ADVISORY OPINIONS  REGARDING
THE DISPUTED MEANING OR INTERPRETATION.
  (G)  IN  THE EVENT ANY PROVISION OF THIS ARTICLE EXCEEDS THE CONSTITU-
TIONAL LIMITS IMPOSED ON THE LEGISLATURE OF ANY  COMPACTING  STATE,  THE
OBLIGATIONS,  DUTIES,  POWERS  OR JURISDICTION SOUGHT TO BE CONFERRED BY
THAT PROVISION UPON THE COMMISSION  SHALL  BE  INEFFECTIVE  AS  TO  SUCH
COMPACTING  STATE,  AND SUCH OBLIGATIONS, DUTIES, POWERS OR JURISDICTION
SHALL REMAIN IN THE COMPACTING STATE AND SHALL BE EXERCISED BY THE AGEN-
CY THEREOF TO WHICH SUCH OBLIGATIONS, DUTIES, POWERS OR JURISDICTION ARE
DELEGATED BY LAW IN EFFECT AT THE TIME THE COMPACT BECOMES EFFECTIVE.
  S 3. This act shall take effect January 1, 2014 and shall  expire  and
be deemed repealed December 31, 2016; provided, however, that any policy
or contract issued during the period that the provisions of this act are
in  effect  that  has been approved in accordance with the provisions of
this act shall continue in full force and effect.

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S2895A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1983A
Current Committee:
Assembly Insurance
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 88 §§8801 - 8817, Ins L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3057B, A4432C
2009-2010: S4869B, A6191

S2895A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Establishes the "Interstate insurance product regulation compact" to regulate certain insurance products among member states and to promote and protect the interest of consumers of individual and group annuity, life insurance, disability income and long-term care insurance products.

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BILL NUMBER:S2895A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to
establishing the interstate insurance product regulation compact to
regulate certain insurance products and providing for the repeal of
such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE: Establishes an interstate insurance product regulation
compact. The purposes of this compact are, through means of joint and
cooperative action among the compacting states:

a. to promote and protect the interest of consumers of individual and
group annuity, life insurance, disability income and long-term care
insurance products;

b. to develop uniform standards for insurance products covered under
the compact;

c. to establish a central clearinghouse to receive and provide prompt
review of insurance products covered under the compact and, in certain
cases, advertisements related thereto, submitted by insurers
authorized to do business in one or more compacting states;

d. to give appropriate regulatory approval to those product filings
and advertisements satisfying the applicable uniform standards;

e. to improve coordination of regulatory resources and expertise among
state insurance departments regarding the setting of uniform standards
and review of insurance products covered under the compact;

f. to create the interstate insurance product regulation commission;
and

g. to perform such other related functions as may be consistent with
the state regulation of the business of insurance.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill provides legislative
findings.

Section 2 adds a new Article 88 to the Insurance Law entitled the
"Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact" (hereinafter
referred to as the "Compact"). This Article consists of seventeen new
bill sections: Sections 8801-8817.

The bill creates an Interstate Insurance Product Approval Commission
(hereinafter referred to as the "Commission") and provides the
statutory framework for states to enter into an interstate insurance
product regulation compact.

The Compact would establish a single point of filing for certain
insurance products and rate filings which would be subject to uniform
national standards. Those states that are members of the Compact would
develop the uniform standards that apply to products filed with the
Commission. Product standards would be developed through a rulemaking
process which would require the approval of two-thirds of the
commission management committee and two-thirds of the commission
members. Unless a state opts-out as described below, approval of a


product by the Compact would be the same as approval by a member
state. The bill would, however, allow companies the option to continue
to file products in the individual states through the existing form
filing processes.

The bill also provides that individual states will continue to
regulate market activities and allows for coordination among states
and the Commission to determine instances of violations of uniform
standards subject to the final order of the Commission.

If a state disagrees with a product standard developed by the
Commission, it may opt-out of the uniform standard either by
regulation or legislation. For long-term care insurance, states may
opt-out at the time of the joining the Compact ("front-end" opt-out).
In order to opt-out by regulation (a state must show that the uniform
standard does not provide reasonable protections to the citizens of
the state and that the needs of the state outweigh the Legislature's
intent to participate in and receive the benefits of the Compact.

The Compact would become effective when two states enact compact
legislation. The Commission becomes operational (that is adopting
uniform standards, receiving products and giving
approvals/disapprovals) if twenty-six states or states representing
forty percent of the premium for life (disability income insurance and
long-term care join the Compact.

Operations of the Commission would be financed initially through
contributions and other sources of funding and over time through the
filing fees paid by insurers.

All donations, grants of money, equipment, supplies, materials or
services, purchases, gifts, donations, conveyances, mortgages,
pledges, leases and exchanges, received by or on behalf of the
Commission will be limited to the direct funding of the lawful and
authorized operations of the Commission.

In addition, the Commission is solely responsible for its liabilities
unless otherwise specifically provided in the Compact. However, in no
event shall the obligations of the Commission be the debt of the State
of New York nor shall any revenues or property of the State of New
York be liable therefor.

All states joining the Compact would be involved in setting up and
over-seeing the activities of the Compact, including developing
product standards and the rules and operating procedures of the
Commission.

The Commission would make an annual report to the legislature and
governor of each state joining the Compact. In addition to opting out
of particular product standards, each state has the right to withdraw
from the Compact, by enacting a statute repealing this bill.

Section 3 of the bill provides for a January 1, 2015 effective date,
with an expiration date of December 31, 2017.

JUSTIFICATION: In general, interstate compacts are used to establish
the framework for cooperative solutions to multi-state challenges.


There are over two hundred interstate compacts currently in existence
covering a wide variety of subjects. Every state belongs to at least
fourteen such compacts. This bill is based on the NAIC Model Act. The
bill provides for a single point of product and rate filings subject
to uniform national standards, which provides the following benefits:

a. Regulatory efficiency/effectiveness: more effective use of limited
regulatory resources.

b. Single high-quality review of increasingly complex products.

c. Leverage collective expertise of states in setting uniform
standards.

d. opportunity to redirect resources to other areas of consumer
protection.

e. Meet industry's need for single point of filing.

f. Meet industry's need to get products to market in a more timely
manner.

g. Permit industry to compete more effectively with financial
institutions such as banks and security firms.

h. Provide consumers with a broader choice of products in a more
timely manner.

States would still retain control over the insurance regulatory
process even if a state elects to join the compact. If a state
disagrees with a product standard developed by the Commission, it may
opt-out of the uniform standard either by regulation or legislation.
The bill would also allow companies to continue to file products in
the individual states through the existing form filing process.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.2895 of 2013 S.3057-B of 2011-12. S.4869 of
2009-10. S.5053 of 2007-08. S.5243 of 2005-06. S.6346 of 2003-04.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Establishment of a Commission would be of minimal
cost to New York State. The Commission would be funded by the
insurance companies who are utilizing the services of the Commission.

EFFECTIVE DATE: The act shall take effect January 1, 2015 and shall
expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2017; provided, however,
that any policy or contract issued during the period that the law is
in effect that has been approved in accordance with this law shall
continue in full force and effect.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                 2895--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  SEWARD, LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Insurance  --
  recommitted  to  the  Committee on Insurance in accordance with Senate
  Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee and committed
  to the Committee on Finance --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  insurance  law, in relation to establishing the
  interstate insurance product regulation compact  to  regulate  certain
  insurance  products  and  providing  for the repeal of such provisions
  upon expiration thereof

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Legislative findings and intent. An interstate compact is
an agreement between states that permits states to cooperate  on  multi-
state  or  national issues while retaining state control. There are over
two hundred interstate compacts currently in existence and  every  state
belongs  to  at  least  fourteen such compacts. The interstate insurance
product regulation compact is designed to streamline state product regu-
lation systems to allow insurers to more quickly market certain types of
insurance products nationally and to reduce the number of variations  of
the  same  product  that a company must produce to meet specific product
standards. The compact would cover individual  and  group  products  for
life  insurance,  annuities, disability income and long-term care insur-
ance. The state of New York seeks to join with other states  and  estab-
lish  the  interstate  insurance product regulation compact and become a
member of the interstate insurance product regulation commission.
  S 2. The insurance law is amended by adding a new article 88  to  read
as follows:

                               ARTICLE 88
             INTERSTATE INSURANCE PRODUCT REGULATION COMPACT

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01801-02-4

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SECTION 8801. SHORT TITLE.
        8802. PURPOSE.
        8803. DEFINITIONS.
        8804. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMISSION AND VENUE.
        8805. POWERS OF THE COMMISSION.
        8806. ORGANIZATION OF THE COMMISSION.
        8807. MEETINGS AND ACTS OF THE COMMISSION.
        8808.  RULES  AND OPERATING PROCEDURES; RULE MAKING FUNCTIONS OF
                THE COMMISSION AND OPTING OUT OF UNIFORM STANDARDS.
        8809. COMMISSION RECORDS AND ENFORCEMENT.
        8810. DISPUTE RESOLUTION.
        8811. PRODUCT FILING AND APPROVAL.
        8812. REVIEW OF COMMISSION DECISIONS REGARDING FILINGS.
        8813. FINANCE.
        8814. COMPACTING STATES, EFFECTIVE DATE AND AMENDMENT.
        8815. WITHDRAWAL, DEFAULT AND TERMINATION.
        8816. SEVERABILITY AND CONSTRUCTION.
        8817. BINDING EFFECT OF COMPACT AND OTHER LAWS.
  S 8801. SHORT TITLE. THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE  CITED  AS
THE "INTERSTATE INSURANCE PRODUCT REGULATION COMPACT".
  S  8802.  PURPOSE.  THE PURPOSES OF THIS COMPACT ARE, THROUGH MEANS OF
JOINT AND COOPERATIVE ACTION AMONG THE COMPACTING STATES:
  (A) TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE INTEREST OF CONSUMERS OF INDIVIDUAL AND
GROUP ANNUITY, LIFE INSURANCE,  DISABILITY  INCOME  AND  LONG-TERM  CARE
INSURANCE PRODUCTS;
  (B)  TO DEVELOP UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR INSURANCE PRODUCTS COVERED UNDER
THE COMPACT;
  (C) TO ESTABLISH A CENTRAL CLEARINGHOUSE TO RECEIVE AND PROVIDE PROMPT
REVIEW OF INSURANCE PRODUCTS COVERED UNDER THE COMPACT AND,  IN  CERTAIN
CASES,  ADVERTISEMENTS RELATED THERETO, SUBMITTED BY INSURERS AUTHORIZED
TO DO BUSINESS IN ONE OR MORE COMPACTING STATES;
  (D) TO GIVE APPROPRIATE REGULATORY APPROVAL TO THOSE  PRODUCT  FILINGS
AND ADVERTISEMENTS SATISFYING THE APPLICABLE UNIFORM STANDARD;
  (E)  TO  IMPROVE  COORDINATION  OF  REGULATORY RESOURCES AND EXPERTISE
BETWEEN STATE INSURANCE DEPARTMENTS REGARDING  THE  SETTING  OF  UNIFORM
STANDARDS AND REVIEW OF INSURANCE PRODUCTS COVERED UNDER THE COMPACT;
  (F)  TO CREATE THE INTERSTATE INSURANCE PRODUCT REGULATION COMMISSION;
AND
  (G) TO PERFORM SUCH OTHER RELATED FUNCTIONS AS MAY BE CONSISTENT  WITH
THE STATE REGULATION OF THE BUSINESS OF INSURANCE.
  S 8803. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE:
  (A)  "ADVERTISEMENT"  MEANS  ANY  MATERIAL  DESIGNED  TO CREATE PUBLIC
INTEREST IN A PRODUCT, OR INDUCE THE PUBLIC TO PURCHASE, INCREASE, MODI-
FY, REINSTATE, BORROW ON, SURRENDER, REPLACE OR RETAIN A POLICY, AS MORE
SPECIFICALLY DEFINED IN  THE  RULES  AND  OPERATING  PROCEDURES  OF  THE
COMMISSION.
  (B) "BY-LAWS" MEAN THOSE BY-LAWS ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSION FOR ITS
GOVERNANCE  OR  FOR DIRECTING OR CONTROLLING THE COMMISSION'S ACTIONS OR
CONDUCT.
  (C) "COMPACTING STATE" MEANS ANY STATE WHICH HAS ENACTED THIS  COMPACT
LEGISLATION  AND  WHICH HAS NOT WITHDRAWN OR BEEN TERMINATED PURSUANT TO
SECTION EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTEEN OF THIS ARTICLE.
  (D) "COMMISSION" MEANS THE "INTERSTATE  INSURANCE  PRODUCT  REGULATION
COMMISSION" ESTABLISHED BY THE COMPACT.

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  (E)  "COMMISSIONER" MEANS THE CHIEF INSURANCE REGULATORY OFFICIAL OF A
STATE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO COMMISSIONER, SUPERINTENDENT, DIREC-
TOR OR ADMINISTRATOR.
  (F)  "DOMICILIARY STATE" MEANS THE STATE IN WHICH AN INSURER IS INCOR-
PORATED OR ORGANIZED OR, IN THE CASE OF AN ALIEN INSURER, ITS  STATE  OF
ENTRY.
  (G)  "INSURER" MEANS ANY ENTITY LICENSED BY A STATE TO ISSUE CONTRACTS
OF INSURANCE FOR ANY OF THE LINES OF INSURANCE COVERED BY THIS ARTICLE.
  (H) "MEMBER" MEANS THE PERSON, OR HIS OR HER  DESIGNEE,  CHOSEN  BY  A
COMPACTING STATE FOR SERVICE ON THE COMMISSION.
  (I)  "NON-COMPACTING STATE" MEANS ANY STATE WHICH IS NOT AT THE TIME A
COMPACTING STATE.
  (J) "OPERATING PROCEDURES" MEAN PROCEDURES PROMULGATED BY THE  COMMIS-
SION  IMPLEMENTING  A  RULE,  UNIFORM  STANDARD  OR  A PROVISION OF THIS
COMPACT.
  (K) "PRODUCT" MEANS THE FORM  OF  THE  CONTRACT,  POLICY  APPLICATION,
ENDORSEMENTS,  CERTIFICATE FORMS, EVIDENCE OF COVERAGE FORMS AND RELATED
FORMS FOR AN INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP  ANNUITY,  LIFE  INSURANCE,  DISABILITY
INCOME  OR LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE PRODUCT, WHICH AN INSURER IS AUTHOR-
IZED TO ISSUE.
  (L) "RULE" MEANS A STATEMENT OF GENERAL  OR  PARTICULAR  APPLICABILITY
AND  FUTURE  EFFECT  PROMULGATED  BY THE COMMISSION, INCLUDING A UNIFORM
STANDARD DEVELOPED PURSUANT TO  SECTION  EIGHT  THOUSAND  EIGHT  HUNDRED
EIGHT  OF  THIS  ARTICLE, DESIGNED TO IMPLEMENT, INTERPRET, OR PRESCRIBE
LAW OR POLICY OR DESCRIBING THE  ORGANIZATION,  PROCEDURE,  OR  PRACTICE
REQUIREMENTS OF THE COMMISSION, WHICH SHALL HAVE THE FORCE AND EFFECT OF
LAW IN THE COMPACTING STATES.
  (M)  "STATE"  MEANS  ANY  STATE,  DISTRICT  OR TERRITORY OF THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA.
  (N) "THIRD-PARTY FILER" MEANS AN ENTITY THAT SUBMITS A PRODUCT  FILING
TO THE COMMISSION ON BEHALF OF AN INSURER.
  (O)  "UNIFORM STANDARD" MEANS A STANDARD ADOPTED BY THE COMMISSION FOR
A PRODUCT LINE, PURSUANT TO SECTION EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT  HUNDRED  EIGHT
OF  THIS  ARTICLE  AND  SHALL INCLUDE ALL OF THE PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS IN
AGGREGATE; PROVIDED, THAT EACH  UNIFORM  STANDARD  SHALL  BE  CONSTRUED,
WHETHER  EXPRESS  OR  IMPLIED,  TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF ANY INCONSISTENT,
MISLEADING OR AMBIGUOUS PROVISIONS IN A PRODUCT AND  THE  FORM  OF  SUCH
PRODUCT MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC SHALL NOT BE UNFAIR, INEQUITABLE OR
AGAINST PUBLIC POLICY AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSION.
  S  8804. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMISSION AND VENUE. (A) THE COMPACTING
STATES HEREBY CREATE AND ESTABLISH A JOINT PUBLIC AGENCY  KNOWN  AS  THE
"INTERSTATE   INSURANCE  PRODUCT  REGULATION  COMMISSION".  PURSUANT  TO
SECTION EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE, THE  COMMIS-
SION  SHALL  HAVE  THE  POWER  TO  DEVELOP UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR PRODUCT
LINES, RECEIVE AND PROVIDE PROMPT REVIEW OF  PRODUCTS  FILED  THEREWITH,
AND GIVE APPROVAL TO THOSE PRODUCT FILINGS SATISFYING APPLICABLE UNIFORM
STANDARDS; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT IT IS NOT INTENDED FOR THE COMMISSION
TO  BE  THE EXCLUSIVE ENTITY FOR RECEIPT AND REVIEW OF INSURANCE PRODUCT
FILINGS. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PROHIBIT ANY INSURER FROM  FILING
ITS PRODUCT IN ANY STATE WHEREIN SUCH INSURER IS LICENSED TO CONDUCT THE
BUSINESS  OF  INSURANCE  AND SUCH FILING SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE LAWS OF
THE STATE WHERE FILED.
  (B) THE COMMISSION IS A BODY CORPORATE AND POLITIC, AND AN  INSTRUMEN-
TALITY OF THE COMPACTING STATES.
  (C)  THE  COMMISSION IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ENTITY, SEPARATE AND DISTINCT
FROM THE INDIVIDUAL COMPACTING STATES.

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  (D) THE COMMISSION IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR  ITS  LIABILITIES  UNLESS
OTHERWISE  SPECIFICALLY  PROVIDED  IN  THIS  COMPACT, EXCEPT THAT, IN NO
EVENT SHALL THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE COMMISSION BE THE DEBT OF  THE  STATE
OF  NEW YORK NOR SHALL ANY REVENUES OR PROPERTY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
BE LIABLE THEREFOR.
  (E) VENUE IN PROPER AND JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS BY OR AGAINST THE COMMIS-
SION  SHALL  BE  BROUGHT  SOLELY AND EXCLUSIVELY IN A COURT OF COMPETENT
JURISDICTION WHERE THE PRINCIPAL OFFICE OF THE COMMISSION IS LOCATED.
  S 8805. POWERS OF THE COMMISSION. (A) THE COMMISSION  SHALL  HAVE  THE
FOLLOWING POWERS:
  (1)  TO  PROMULGATE  RULES,  PURSUANT  TO SECTION EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT
HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE, WHICH SHALL HAVE THE FORCE AND EFFECT  OF
LAW  AND  SHALL BE BINDING IN THE COMPACTING STATES TO THE EXTENT AND IN
THE MANNER PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE;
  (2) TO EXERCISE ITS RULE MAKING  AUTHORITY  AND  ESTABLISH  REASONABLE
UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR PRODUCTS COVERED UNDER THE COMPACT, AND ADVERTISE-
MENT  RELATED  THERETO, WHICH SHALL HAVE THE FORCE AND EFFECT OF LAW AND
SHALL BE BINDING IN THE COMPACTING STATES, BUT ONLY  FOR  SUCH  PRODUCTS
FILED  WITH  THE  COMMISSION; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT A COMPACTING STATE
SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO OPT OUT OF SUCH  UNIFORM  STANDARD  PURSUANT  TO
SECTION EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE TO THE EXTENT
AND  IN  THE  MANNER PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE, AND PROVIDED FURTHER THAT
ANY UNIFORM STANDARD ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LONG-TERM  CARE
INSURANCE  PRODUCTS  MAY  PROVIDE  THE  SAME  OR GREATER PROTECTIONS FOR
CONSUMERS AS, BUT SHALL NOT PROVIDE LESS  THAN,  THOSE  PROTECTIONS  SET
FORTH  IN  THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS' (HEREIN-
AFTER REFERRED TO AS THE "NAIC") LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE MODEL ACT  AND
LONG-TERM  CARE  INSURANCE MODEL REGULATION, RESPECTIVELY, ADOPTED AS OF
2001. THE COMMISSION SHALL CONSIDER WHETHER ANY SUBSEQUENT AMENDMENTS TO
THE NAIC LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE MODEL ACT OR LONG-TERM CARE  INSURANCE
MODEL  REGULATION  ADOPTED  BY  THE NAIC REQUIRE AMENDING OF THE UNIFORM
STANDARDS  ESTABLISHED  BY  THE  COMMISSION  FOR   LONG-TERM   INSURANCE
PRODUCTS;
  (3) TO RECEIVE AND REVIEW IN AN EXPEDITIOUS MANNER PRODUCTS FILED WITH
THE  COMMISSION,  INCLUDING  RATE  FILINGS  FOR  DISABILITY  INCOME  AND
LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE PRODUCTS, AND GIVE APPROVAL OF  THOSE  PRODUCTS
AND  RATE  FILINGS  THAT  SATISFY THE APPLICABLE UNIFORM STANDARD, WHERE
SUCH APPROVAL SHALL HAVE THE FORCE AND EFFECT OF LAW AND BE  BINDING  ON
THE  COMPACTING  STATES  TO THE EXTENT AND IN THE MANNER PROVIDED IN THE
COMPACT;
  (4) TO RECEIVE AND  REVIEW  IN  AN  EXPEDITIOUS  MANNER  ADVERTISEMENT
RELATING  TO  LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE PRODUCTS FOR WHICH UNIFORM STAND-
ARDS HAVE BEEN ADOPTED BY THE COMMISSION,  AND  GIVE  APPROVAL  OF  SUCH
ADVERTISEMENT  THAT  SATISFIES  THE APPLICABLE UNIFORM STANDARD. FOR ANY
PRODUCT COVERED UNDER THIS ARTICLE, OTHER THAN LONG-TERM CARE  INSURANCE
PRODUCTS,  THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REQUIRE AN INSURER
TO SUBMIT ALL OR ANY PART OF ITS  ADVERTISEMENT  WITH  RESPECT  TO  THAT
PRODUCT FOR REVIEW OR APPROVAL PRIOR TO USE IF THE COMMISSION DETERMINES
THAT  THE  NATURE  OF  THE  PRODUCT IS SUCH THAT AN ADVERTISEMENT OF THE
PRODUCT COULD HAVE THE CAPACITY OR TENDENCY TO MISLEAD THE  PUBLIC.  THE
ACTIONS  OF  THE  COMMISSION  AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION SHALL HAVE THE
FORCE AND EFFECT OF LAW AND SHALL BE BINDING IN THE COMPACTING STATES TO
THE EXTENT AND IN THE MANNER PROVIDED IN THE COMPACT;
  (5) TO EXERCISE ITS RULE MAKING AUTHORITY AND DESIGNATE  PRODUCTS  AND
ADVERTISEMENT  THAT MAY BE SUBJECT TO A SELF-CERTIFICATION PROCESS WITH-
OUT THE NEED FOR PRIOR APPROVAL BY THE COMMISSION;

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  (6) TO PROMULGATE OPERATING  PROCEDURES,  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  EIGHT
THOUSAND  EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE, WHICH SHALL BE BINDING IN
THE COMPACTING STATES TO THE EXTENT AND IN THE MANNER  PROVIDED  IN  THE
COMPACT;
  (7) TO BRING AND PROSECUTE LEGAL PROCEEDINGS OR ACTIONS IN ITS NAME AS
THE  COMMISSION;  PROVIDED,  THAT  THE  STANDING  OF ANY STATE INSURANCE
DEPARTMENT TO SUE OR BE SUED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW SHALL NOT BE AFFECTED;
  (8) TO ISSUE SUBPOENAS  REQUIRING  THE  ATTENDANCE  AND  TESTIMONY  OF
WITNESSES AND THE PRODUCTION OF EVIDENCE;
  (9) TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN OFFICES;
  (10) TO PURCHASE AND MAINTAIN INSURANCE AND BONDS;
  (11)  TO BORROW, ACCEPT OR CONTRACT FOR SERVICES OF PERSONNEL, INCLUD-
ING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, EMPLOYEES OF A COMPACTING STATE;
  (12) TO HIRE EMPLOYEES, PROFESSIONALS OR  SPECIALISTS,  AND  ELECT  OR
APPOINT OFFICERS, AND TO FIX THEIR COMPENSATION, DEFINE THEIR DUTIES AND
GIVE  THEM  APPROPRIATE  AUTHORITY  TO  CARRY  OUT  THE  PURPOSES OF THE
COMPACT, AND  DETERMINE  THEIR  QUALIFICATIONS;  AND  TO  ESTABLISH  THE
COMMISSION'S  PERSONNEL  POLICIES  AND PROGRAMS RELATING TO, AMONG OTHER
THINGS, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, RATES OF COMPENSATION AND  QUALIFICATIONS
OF PERSONNEL;
  (13)  TO ACCEPT ANY AND ALL APPROPRIATE DONATIONS AND GRANTS OF MONEY,
EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, MATERIALS AND SERVICES, AND TO RECEIVE, UTILIZE AND
DISPOSE OF THE SAME; PROVIDED THAT AT ALL  TIMES  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL
STRIVE TO AVOID ANY APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY;
  (14)  TO LEASE, PURCHASE, ACCEPT APPROPRIATE GIFTS OR DONATIONS OF, OR
OTHERWISE TO OWN, HOLD, IMPROVE OR USE, ANY PROPERTY, REAL, PERSONAL  OR
MIXED;  PROVIDED  THAT AT ALL TIMES THE COMMISSION SHALL STRIVE TO AVOID
ANY APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY;
  (15) TO SELL, CONVEY, MORTGAGE, PLEDGE, LEASE,  EXCHANGE,  ABANDON  OR
OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF ANY PROPERTY, REAL, PERSONAL OR MIXED;
  (16)  TO REMIT FILING FEES TO COMPACTING STATES AS MAY BE SET FORTH IN
THE BY-LAWS, RULES OR OPERATING PROCEDURES;
  (17) TO ENFORCE COMPLIANCE BY COMPACTING STATES  WITH  RULES,  UNIFORM
STANDARDS, OPERATING PROCEDURES AND BY-LAWS;
  (18) TO PROVIDE FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION AMONG COMPACTING STATES;
  (19)  TO ADVISE COMPACTING STATES ON ISSUES RELATING TO INSURERS DOMI-
CILED OR DOING BUSINESS IN NON-COMPACTING JURISDICTIONS, CONSISTENT WITH
THE PURPOSES OF THE COMPACT;
  (20) TO PROVIDE ADVICE AND TRAINING TO THOSE PERSONNEL IN STATE INSUR-
ANCE DEPARTMENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR PRODUCT REVIEW, AND TO  BE  A  RESOURCE
FOR STATE INSURANCE DEPARTMENTS;
  (21) TO ESTABLISH A BUDGET AND MAKE EXPENDITURES;
  (22) TO BORROW MONEY;
  (23)  TO  APPOINT COMMITTEES, INCLUDING ADVISORY COMMITTEES COMPRISING
MEMBERS, STATE INSURANCE REGULATORS, STATE LEGISLATORS OR  THEIR  REPRE-
SENTATIVES,  INSURANCE  INDUSTRY  AND CONSUMER REPRESENTATIVES, AND SUCH
OTHER INTERESTED PERSONS AS MAY BE DESIGNATED IN THE BY-LAWS;
  (24) TO PROVIDE AND RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM, AND  TO  COOPERATE  WITH
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES;
  (25) TO ADOPT AND USE A CORPORATE SEAL; AND
  (26)  TO PERFORM SUCH OTHER FUNCTIONS AS MAY BE NECESSARY OR APPROPRI-
ATE TO ACHIEVE THE PURPOSES OF THIS COMPACT CONSISTENT  WITH  THE  STATE
REGULATION OF THE BUSINESS OF INSURANCE.
  (B)  ALL DONATIONS, GRANTS OF MONEY, EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, MATERIALS OR
SERVICES, PURCHASES, GIFTS, DONATIONS, CONVEYANCES, MORTGAGES,  PLEDGES,
LEASES  AND  EXCHANGES, AS AUTHORIZED BY SUBSECTION (A) OF THIS SECTION,

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RECEIVED BY OR ON BEHALF OF THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  BE  LIMITED  TO  THE
DIRECT  FUNDING  OF  THE LAWFUL AND AUTHORIZED OPERATIONS OF THE COMMIS-
SION.
  S  8806.  ORGANIZATION  OF  THE  COMMISSION. (A) EACH COMPACTING STATE
SHALL HAVE AND BE LIMITED TO ONE MEMBER. THE SUPERINTENDENT, OR  HIS  OR
HER  DESIGNATED  REPRESENTATIVE,  SHALL  BE  NEW  YORK'S  MEMBER OF SUCH
COMMISSION. EACH MEMBER SHALL BE QUALIFIED TO  SERVE  IN  SUCH  CAPACITY
PURSUANT  TO  APPLICABLE  LAW OF THE COMPACTING STATE. ANY MEMBER MAY BE
REMOVED OR SUSPENDED FROM OFFICE AS PROVIDED BY THE  LAW  OF  THE  STATE
FROM  WHICH  HE  OR SHE SHALL BE APPOINTED. ANY VACANCY OCCURRING IN THE
COMMISSION SHALL BE FILLED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE COMPACTING
STATE WHEREIN SUCH VACANCY EXISTS. NOTHING HEREIN SHALL BE CONSTRUED  TO
AFFECT THE MANNER IN WHICH A COMPACTING STATE DETERMINES THE ELECTION OR
APPOINTMENT AND QUALIFICATION OF ITS OWN COMMISSIONER.
  (B) EACH MEMBER SHALL BE ENTITLED TO ONE VOTE AND SHALL HAVE AN OPPOR-
TUNITY  TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GOVERNANCE OF THE COMMISSION IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE BY-LAWS. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF THIS ARTICLE  TO  THE
CONTRARY,  NO  ACTION OF THE COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO THE PROMULGATION
OF A UNIFORM STANDARD  SHALL  BE  EFFECTIVE  UNLESS  TWO-THIRDS  OF  THE
MEMBERS VOTE IN FAVOR THEREOF.
  (C)  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL,  BY  A MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS, PRESCRIBE
BY-LAWS TO GOVERN ITS CONDUCT AS MAY  BE  NECESSARY  OR  APPROPRIATE  TO
CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES, AND EXERCISE THE POWERS, OF THE COMPACT, INCLUD-
ING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
  (1) ESTABLISHING THE FISCAL YEAR OF THE COMMISSION;
  (2)  PROVIDING  REASONABLE  PROCEDURES  FOR  HOLDING  MEETINGS  OF THE
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE;
  (3) PROVIDING REASONABLE STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR  THE  ESTABLISH-
MENT  OF  OTHER COMMITTEES, AND GOVERNING ANY GENERAL OR SPECIFIC DELEG-
ATION OF ANY AUTHORITY OR FUNCTION OF THE COMMISSION;
  (4) PROVIDING REASONABLE PROCEDURES FOR CALLING AND  CONDUCTING  MEET-
INGS OF THE COMMISSION THAT CONSIST OF A MAJORITY OF COMMISSION MEMBERS,
ENSURING  REASONABLE  ADVANCE NOTICE OF EACH SUCH MEETING, AND PROVIDING
FOR THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS TO ATTEND EACH SUCH  MEETING  WITH  ENUMERATED
EXCEPTIONS  DESIGNED  TO  PROTECT  THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST, THE PRIVACY OF
INDIVIDUALS  AND  INSURERS'  PROPRIETARY  INFORMATION,  INCLUDING  TRADE
SECRETS.  THE COMMISSION MAY MEET IN CAMERA ONLY AFTER A MAJORITY OF THE
ENTIRE MEMBERSHIP VOTES TO CLOSE A MEETING IN TOTO OR IN PART.  AS  SOON
AS  PRACTICABLE,  THE  COMMISSION MUST MAKE PUBLIC A COPY OF THE VOTE TO
CLOSE THE MEETING REVEALING THE VOTE OF EACH MEMBER WITH NO PROXY  VOTES
ALLOWED, AND VOTES TAKEN DURING SUCH MEETING;
  (5)  ESTABLISHING  THE  TITLES,  DUTIES  AND  AUTHORITY AND REASONABLE
PROCEDURES FOR THE ELECTION OF THE OFFICERS OF THE COMMISSION;
  (6) PROVIDING REASONABLE STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR  THE  ESTABLISH-
MENT OF THE PERSONNEL POLICIES AND PROGRAMS OF THE COMMISSION.  NOTWITH-
STANDING  ANY  CIVIL  SERVICE  OR  OTHER  SIMILAR LAWS OF ANY COMPACTING
STATE, THE BY-LAWS SHALL EXCLUSIVELY GOVERN THE PERSONNEL  POLICIES  AND
PROGRAMS OF THE COMMISSION;
  (7) PROMULGATING A CODE OF ETHICS TO ADDRESS PERMISSIBLE AND PROHIBIT-
ED ACTIVITIES OF COMMISSION MEMBERS AND EMPLOYEES; AND
  (8) PROVIDING A MECHANISM FOR WINDING UP THE OPERATIONS OF THE COMMIS-
SION  AND  THE EQUITABLE DISPOSITION OF ANY SURPLUS FUNDS THAT MAY EXIST
AFTER THE TERMINATION OF THE COMPACT AFTER THE PAYMENT AND/OR  RESERVING
OF ALL OF ITS DEBTS AND OBLIGATIONS.

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  (D)  THE COMMISSION SHALL PUBLISH ITS BY-LAWS IN A CONVENIENT FORM AND
FILE A COPY THEREOF AND A COPY OF ANY AMENDMENT THERETO, WITH THE APPRO-
PRIATE AGENCY OR OFFICER IN EACH OF THE COMPACTING STATES.
  (E)  A  MANAGEMENT  COMMITTEE COMPRISING NO MORE THAN FOURTEEN MEMBERS
SHALL BE ESTABLISHED AS FOLLOWS:
  (1) ONE MEMBER FROM EACH OF THE SIX COMPACTING STATES WITH THE LARGEST
PREMIUM VOLUME FOR INDIVIDUAL  AND  GROUP  ANNUITIES,  LIFE,  DISABILITY
INCOME  AND  LONG-TERM  CARE  INSURANCE  PRODUCTS,  DETERMINED  FROM THE
RECORDS OF THE NAIC AS OF DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST OF THE PRIOR YEAR;
  (2) FOUR MEMBERS FROM  THOSE  COMPACTING  STATES  WITH  AT  LEAST  TWO
PERCENT OF THE MARKET BASED ON THE PREMIUM VOLUME DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH
ONE  OF THIS SUBSECTION, OTHER THAN SIX COMPACTING STATES WITH THE LARG-
EST PREMIUM VOLUME, SELECTED ON A ROTATING  BASIS  AS  PROVIDED  IN  THE
BY-LAWS; AND
  (3)  FOUR  MEMBERS  FROM  THOSE  COMPACTING  STATES WITH LESS THAN TWO
PERCENT OF THE MARKET, BASED ON THE PREMIUM VOLUME  DESCRIBED  IN  PARA-
GRAPH  ONE  OF  THIS SUBSECTION, WITH ONE SELECTED FROM EACH OF THE FOUR
ZONE REGIONS OF THE NAIC AS PROVIDED IN THE BY-LAWS.
  (F) THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SHALL HAVE SUCH AUTHORITY AND  DUTIES  AS
MAY BE SET FORTH IN THE BY-LAWS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
  (1) MANAGING THE AFFAIRS OF THE COMMISSION IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH
THE BY-LAWS AND PURPOSES OF THE COMMISSION;
  (2)  ESTABLISHING  AND  OVERSEEING AN ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE WITHIN,
AND APPROPRIATE PROCEDURES  FOR,  THE  COMMISSION  TO  PROVIDE  FOR  THE
CREATION  OF  UNIFORM  STANDARDS  AND OTHER RULES, RECEIPT AND REVIEW OF
PRODUCT FILINGS, ADMINISTRATIVE AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT FUNCTIONS,  REVIEW
OF  DECISIONS  REGARDING  THE  DISAPPROVAL  OF A PRODUCT FILING, AND THE
REVIEW OF ELECTIONS MADE BY A COMPACTING STATE TO OPT OUT OF  A  UNIFORM
STANDARD; PROVIDED THAT A UNIFORM STANDARD SHALL NOT BE SUBMITTED TO THE
COMPACTING  STATES  FOR  ADOPTION  UNLESS  APPROVED BY TWO-THIRDS OF THE
MEMBERS OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE;
  (3) OVERSEEING THE OFFICES OF THE COMMISSION; AND
  (4) PLANNING, IMPLEMENTING, AND COORDINATING COMMUNICATIONS AND ACTIV-
ITIES WITH OTHER STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL  GOVERNMENT  ORGANIZATIONS  IN
ORDER TO ADVANCE THE GOALS OF THE COMMISSION.
  (G)  THE  COMMISSION SHALL ELECT ANNUALLY OFFICERS FROM THE MANAGEMENT
COMMITTEE, WITH EACH HAVING SUCH AUTHORITY AND DUTIES, AS MAY BE  SPECI-
FIED IN THE BY-LAWS.
  (H)  THE  MANAGEMENT  COMMITTEE  MAY,  SUBJECT  TO THE APPROVAL OF THE
COMMISSION, APPOINT OR RETAIN AN EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR  FOR  SUCH  PERIOD,
UPON  SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND FOR SUCH COMPENSATION AS THE COMMIS-
SION MAY DEEM APPROPRIATE. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SHALL SERVE AS  SECRE-
TARY TO THE COMMISSION, BUT SHALL NOT BE A MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION. THE
EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR  SHALL HIRE AND SUPERVISE SUCH OTHER STAFF AS MAY BE
AUTHORIZED BY THE COMMISSION.
  (I) A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE  COMPRISING  STATE  LEGISLATORS  OR  THEIR
DESIGNEES  SHALL  BE  ESTABLISHED TO MONITOR THE OPERATIONS OF, AND MAKE
RECOMMENDATIONS  TO,  THE  COMMISSION;  PROVIDED  THAT  THE  MANNER   OF
SELECTION  AND  TERM OF ANY LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER SHALL BE AS SET
FORTH IN THE BY-LAWS. PRIOR TO THE ADOPTION BY  THE  COMMISSION  OF  ANY
UNIFORM  STANDARD,  REVISION  TO  THE  BY-LAWS,  ANNUAL  BUDGET OR OTHER
SIGNIFICANT MATTER AS MAY BE PROVIDED IN  THE  BY-LAWS,  THE  MANAGEMENT
COMMITTEE SHALL CONSULT WITH AND REPORT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE.
  (J)  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  ESTABLISH TWO ADVISORY COMMITTEES, ONE OF
WHICH SHALL COMPRISE CONSUMER REPRESENTATIVES INDEPENDENT OF THE  INSUR-

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ANCE  INDUSTRY  AND  THE  OTHER  COMPRISING INSURANCE INDUSTRY REPRESEN-
TATIVES.
  (K) THE COMMISSION MAY ESTABLISH ADDITIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES AS ITS
BY-LAWS MAY PROVIDE FOR THE CARRYING OUT OF ITS FUNCTIONS.
  (L)  THE  COMMISSION SHALL MAINTAIN ITS CORPORATE BOOKS AND RECORDS IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE BY-LAWS.
  (M) THE MEMBERS, OFFICERS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EMPLOYEES AND REPRESEN-
TATIVES OF THE COMMISSION SHALL  BE  IMMUNE  FROM  SUIT  AND  LIABILITY,
EITHER  PERSONALLY  OR  IN THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITY, FOR ANY ACTION TAKEN
REASONABLY AND IN GOOD FAITH WHICH RESULTS IN A CLAIM FOR DAMAGE  TO  OR
LOSS  OF  PROPERTY OR PERSONAL INJURY OR OTHER CIVIL LIABILITY CAUSED BY
OR ARISING OUT OF ANY ACTUAL OR ALLEGED  ACT,  ERROR  OR  OMISSION  THAT
OCCURRED,  OR  THAT  SUCH  PERSON  HAD  A REASONABLE BASIS FOR BELIEVING
OCCURRED WITHIN THE SCOPE OF COMMISSION EMPLOYMENT, DUTIES OR  RESPONSI-
BILITIES;  PROVIDED,  THAT NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO
PROTECT ANY SUCH PERSON FROM SUIT AND/OR LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE, LOSS,
INJURY OR LIABILITY CAUSED BY THE  INTENTIONAL  OR  WILLFUL  AND  WANTON
MISCONDUCT OF THAT PERSON.
  (N)  THE COMMISSION SHALL DEFEND ANY MEMBER, OFFICER, EXECUTIVE DIREC-
TOR, EMPLOYEE OR REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMMISSION IN  ANY  CIVIL  ACTION
SEEKING  TO  IMPOSE  LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF ANY ACTUAL OR ALLEGED ACT,
ERROR OR OMISSION THAT OCCURRED WITHIN THE SCOPE OF  COMMISSION  EMPLOY-
MENT, DUTIES OR RESPONSIBILITIES, OR THAT THE DEFENDANT HAD A REASONABLE
BASIS  FOR BELIEVING OCCURRED WITHIN THE SCOPE OF COMMISSION EMPLOYMENT,
DUTIES OR RESPONSIBILITIES; PROVIDED, THAT NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL
BE CONSTRUED TO PROHIBIT THAT PERSON FROM RETAINING HIS OR HER OWN COUN-
SEL; AND PROVIDED FURTHER, THAT THE ACTUAL  OR  ALLEGED  ACT,  ERROR  OR
OMISSION  DID  NOT  RESULT FROM THAT PERSON'S INTENTIONAL OR WILLFUL AND
WANTON MISCONDUCT.
  (O) THE COMMISSION SHALL INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS ANY MEMBER, OFFI-
CER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EMPLOYEE OR REPRESENTATIVE  OF  THE  COMMISSION
FOR  THE  AMOUNT  OF  ANY  SETTLEMENT  OR JUDGMENT OBTAINED AGAINST SUCH
PERSONS ARISING OUT OF ANY ACTUAL OR ALLEGED ACT, ERROR OR OMISSION THAT
OCCURRED WITHIN THE SCOPE OF COMMISSION EMPLOYMENT, DUTIES OR  RESPONSI-
BILITIES,  OR  THAT  SUCH  PERSON  HAD  A REASONABLE BASIS FOR BELIEVING
OCCURRED WITHIN THE SCOPE OF COMMISSION EMPLOYMENT, DUTIES OR  RESPONSI-
BILITIES,  PROVIDED,  THAT  THE ACTUAL OR ALLEGED ACT, ERROR OR OMISSION
DID NOT RESULT FROM THE INTENTIONAL OR WILLFUL AND WANTON MISCONDUCT  OF
ANY SUCH PERSON.
  S  8807. MEETINGS AND ACTS OF THE COMMISSION. (A) THE COMMISSION SHALL
MEET AND TAKE SUCH ACTIONS AS ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS
COMPACT AND THE BY-LAWS.
  (B) EACH MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT  AND  POWER  TO
CAST  A  VOTE  TO WHICH THAT COMPACTING STATE IS ENTITLED AND TO PARTIC-
IPATE IN THE BUSINESS AND AFFAIRS OF THE COMMISSION. A MEMBER SHALL VOTE
IN PERSON OR BY SUCH OTHER MEANS AS PROVIDED IN THE BY-LAWS. THE BY-LAWS
MAY PROVIDE FOR MEMBERS' PARTICIPATION IN MEETINGS BY TELEPHONE OR OTHER
MEANS OF COMMUNICATION.
  (C) THE COMMISSION SHALL MEET AT LEAST ONCE DURING EACH CALENDAR YEAR.
ADDITIONAL MEETINGS SHALL BE HELD AS SET FORTH IN THE BY-LAWS.
  S 8808. RULES AND OPERATING PROCEDURES; RULE MAKING FUNCTIONS  OF  THE
COMMISSION AND OPTING OUT OF UNIFORM STANDARDS. (A) THE COMMISSION SHALL
PROMULGATE  REASONABLE  RULES, INCLUDING UNIFORM STANDARDS AND OPERATING
PROCEDURES, IN ORDER TO EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY ACHIEVE THE PURPOSES
OF THE COMPACT. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, IN THE EVENT THE  COMMIS-
SION  EXERCISES ITS RULE MAKING AUTHORITY IN A MANNER THAT IS BEYOND THE

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SCOPE OF THE PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, OR THE  POWERS  GRANTED  IN  THIS
SECTION, THEN SUCH ACTION BY THE COMMISSION SHALL BE INVALID AND HAVE NO
FORCE AND EFFECT.
  (B)  RULES  AND  OPERATING PROCEDURES SHALL BE MADE PURSUANT TO A RULE
MAKING PROCESS THAT CONFORMS TO THE MODEL STATE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE
ACT OF 1981 AS AMENDED, AS MAY BE APPROPRIATE TO THE OPERATIONS  OF  THE
COMMISSION. BEFORE THE COMMISSION ADOPTS A UNIFORM STANDARD, THE COMMIS-
SION SHALL GIVE WRITTEN NOTICE TO THE RELEVANT STATE LEGISLATIVE COMMIT-
TEE  IN  EACH  COMPACTING  STATE RESPONSIBLE FOR INSURANCE ISSUES OF ITS
INTENTION TO ADOPT SUCH UNIFORM STANDARD. THE COMMISSION IN  ADOPTING  A
UNIFORM  STANDARD SHALL CONSIDER FULLY ALL SUBMITTED MATERIALS AND ISSUE
A CONCISE EXPLANATION OF ITS DECISION.
  (C) A UNIFORM STANDARD SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE NINETY  DAYS  AFTER  ITS
PROMULGATION  BY THE COMMISSION OR SUCH LATER DATE AS THE COMMISSION MAY
DETERMINE; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT A COMPACTING STATE MAY OPT OUT  OF  A
UNIFORM STANDARD AS PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE. "OPT OUT" SHALL BE DEFINED
AS  ANY  ACTION BY A COMPACTING STATE TO DECLINE TO ADOPT OR PARTICIPATE
IN A PROMULGATED UNIFORM STANDARD. ALL OTHER RULES AND OPERATING  PROCE-
DURES,  AND  AMENDMENTS  THERETO,  SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE AS OF THE DATE
SPECIFIED IN EACH RULE, OPERATING PROCEDURE OR AMENDMENT.
  (D) A COMPACTING STATE MAY OPT OUT OF A UNIFORM  STANDARD,  EITHER  BY
LEGISLATION  OR  REGULATION DULY PROMULGATED BY THE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT
UNDER THE COMPACTING STATE'S ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE ACT. IF A COMPACT-
ING STATE ELECTS TO OPT OUT OF A UNIFORM STANDARD BY REGULATION, IT MUST
GIVE WRITTEN NOTICE TO THE COMMISSION NO LATER THAN  TEN  BUSINESS  DAYS
AFTER  THE  LATER  OF THE UNIFORM STANDARD IS PROMULGATED OR AT THE TIME
THE STATE BECOMES A COMPACTING STATE, AND FIND THAT THE UNIFORM STANDARD
DOES NOT PROVIDE REASONABLE PROTECTIONS TO THE  CITIZENS  OF  THE  STATE
GIVEN  THE CONDITIONS IN THE STATE. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE SPECIFIC
FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW, BASED ON A PREPONDERANCE OF THE
EVIDENCE, DETAILING THE CONDITIONS IN THE STATE WHICH WARRANT  A  DEPAR-
TURE FROM THE UNIFORM STANDARD AND DETERMINING THAT THE UNIFORM STANDARD
WOULD NOT REASONABLY PROTECT THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE. THE COMMISSIONER
MUST CONSIDER AND BALANCE THE FOLLOWING FACTORS AND FIND THAT THE CONDI-
TIONS IN THE STATE AND NEEDS OF THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE OUTWEIGH:
  (1)  THE INTENT OF THE LEGISLATURE TO PARTICIPATE IN, AND THE BENEFITS
OF, AN INTERSTATE  AGREEMENT  TO  ESTABLISH  NATIONAL  UNIFORM  CONSUMER
PROTECTIONS FOR THE PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO THIS ARTICLE; AND
  (2)  THE PRESUMPTION THAT A UNIFORM STANDARD ADOPTED BY THE COMMISSION
PROVIDES REASONABLE PROTECTIONS TO CONSUMERS OF THE RELEVANT PRODUCT.
  NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, A COMPACTING STATE MAY, AT THE TIME  OF
ITS ENACTMENT OF THE COMPACT, PROSPECTIVELY OPT OUT OF ALL UNIFORM STAN-
DARDS  INVOLVING  THE  LONG-TERM  CARE  INSURANCE  PRODUCTS BY EXPRESSLY
PROVIDING FOR SUCH OPT OUT IN THE ENACTED  COMPACT,  AND  SUCH  OPT  OUT
SHALL  NOT  BE TREATED AS A MATERIAL VARIANCE IN THE OFFER OR ACCEPTANCE
OF ANY STATE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPACT. SUCH AN  OPT  OUT  SHALL  BE
EFFECTIVE  AT  THE  TIME  OF  ENACTMENT OF THE COMPACT BY THE COMPACTING
STATE AND SHALL APPLY TO ALL EXISTING UNIFORM STANDARDS INVOLVING  LONG-
TERM CARE INSURANCE PRODUCTS AND THOSE SUBSEQUENTLY PROMULGATED.
  (E) IF A COMPACTING STATE ELECTS TO OPT OUT OF A UNIFORM STANDARD, THE
UNIFORM  STANDARD SHALL REMAIN APPLICABLE IN THE COMPACTING STATE ELECT-
ING TO OPT OUT UNTIL SUCH TIME THE OPT OUT LEGISLATION IS  ENACTED  INTO
LAW OR THE REGULATION OPTING OUT BECOMES EFFECTIVE.
  (F)  ONCE  THE  OPT  OUT  OF  A UNIFORM STANDARD BY A COMPACTING STATE
BECOMES EFFECTIVE AS PROVIDED UNDER THE LAWS OF THAT STATE, THE  UNIFORM
STANDARD SHALL HAVE NO FURTHER FORCE AND EFFECT IN THAT STATE UNLESS AND

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UNTIL THE LEGISLATION OR REGULATION IMPLEMENTING THE OPT OUT IS REPEALED
OR  OTHERWISE  BECOMES  INEFFECTIVE  UNDER  THE  LAWS OF THE STATE. IF A
COMPACTING STATE OPTS OUT OF A UNIFORM STANDARD AFTER THE UNIFORM STAND-
ARD  HAS  BEEN  MADE EFFECTIVE IN THAT STATE, THE OPT OUT SHALL HAVE THE
SAME PROSPECTIVE EFFECT AS PROVIDED UNDER SECTION EIGHT  THOUSAND  EIGHT
HUNDRED FIFTEEN OF THIS ARTICLE FOR WITHDRAWALS.
  (G) IF A COMPACTING STATE HAS FORMALLY INITIATED THE PROCESS OF OPTING
OUT  OF  A  UNIFORM STANDARD BY REGULATION, AND WHILE THE REGULATORY OPT
OUT IS PENDING, THE COMPACTING STATE MAY  PETITION  THE  COMMISSION,  AT
LEAST FIFTEEN DAYS BEFORE THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE UNIFORM STANDARD, TO
STAY  THE  EFFECTIVENESS  OF  THE  UNIFORM  STANDARD  IN THAT STATE. THE
COMMISSION MAY GRANT A STAY IF IT DETERMINES THE REGULATORY OPT  OUT  IS
BEING  PURSUED  IN  A  REASONABLE  MANNER  AND  THERE IS A LIKELIHOOD OF
SUCCESS. IF A STAY IS GRANTED OR EXTENDED BY THE COMMISSION, THE STAY OR
EXTENSION THEREOF MAY POSTPONE THE EFFECTIVE DATE BY UP TO NINETY  DAYS,
UNLESS  AFFIRMATIVELY  EXTENDED  BY  THE COMMISSION; PROVIDED HOWEVER, A
STAY MAY NOT BE PERMITTED TO REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR  MORE  THAN  ONE  YEAR
UNLESS  THE  COMPACTING STATE CAN SHOW EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH
WARRANT A CONTINUANCE OF THE STAY INCLUDING, BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO,  THE
EXISTENCE  OF A LEGAL CHALLENGE WHICH PREVENTS THE COMPACTING STATE FROM
OPTING OUT. A STAY MAY BE TERMINATED BY THE COMMISSION UPON NOTICE  THAT
THE RULE MAKING PROCESS HAS BEEN TERMINATED.
  (H)  NOT LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER A RULE OR OPERATING PROCEDURE IS
PROMULGATED, ANY PERSON MAY FILE A PETITION FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW  OF  THE
RULE  OR OPERATING PROCEDURE; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE FILING OF SUCH
A PETITION SHALL NOT STAY OR OTHERWISE PREVENT  THE  RULE  OR  OPERATING
PROCEDURE  FROM BECOMING EFFECTIVE UNLESS THE COURT FINDS THAT THE PETI-
TIONER HAS A SUBSTANTIAL LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS.  THE  COURT  SHALL  GIVE
DEFERENCE  TO  THE  ACTIONS OF THE COMMISSION CONSISTENT WITH APPLICABLE
LAW AND SHALL NOT FIND THE RULE OR OPERATING PROCEDURE TO BE UNLAWFUL IF
THE RULE OR OPERATING PROCEDURE REPRESENTS A REASONABLE EXERCISE OF  THE
COMMISSION'S AUTHORITY.
  S  8809.  COMMISSION RECORDS AND ENFORCEMENT. (A) THE COMMISSION SHALL
PROMULGATE RULES  ESTABLISHING  CONDITIONS  AND  PROCEDURES  FOR  PUBLIC
INSPECTION  AND  COPYING OF ITS INFORMATION AND OFFICIAL RECORDS, EXCEPT
SUCH INFORMATION AND RECORDS INVOLVING THE PRIVACY  OF  INDIVIDUALS  AND
INSURERS'  TRADE SECRETS. THE COMMISSION MAY PROMULGATE ADDITIONAL RULES
UNDER WHICH IT MAY MAKE AVAILABLE TO FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES, INCLUD-
ING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, RECORDS AND INFORMATION  OTHERWISE  EXEMPT
FROM  DISCLOSURE,  AND  MAY  ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITH SUCH AGENCIES TO
RECEIVE OR EXCHANGE INFORMATION OR RECORDS SUBJECT TO NONDISCLOSURE  AND
CONFIDENTIALITY PROVISIONS.
  (B) EXCEPT AS TO PRIVILEGED RECORDS, DATA AND INFORMATION, THE LAWS OF
ANY  COMPACTING  STATE  PERTAINING  TO  CONFIDENTIALITY OR NONDISCLOSURE
SHALL NOT RELIEVE ANY COMPACTING  STATE  COMMISSIONER  OF  THE  DUTY  TO
DISCLOSE  ANY  RELEVANT  RECORDS, DATA OR INFORMATION TO THE COMMISSION;
PROVIDED HOWEVER, THAT DISCLOSURE TO THE COMMISSION SHALL NOT BE  DEEMED
TO  WAIVE  OR  OTHERWISE  AFFECT  ANY  CONFIDENTIALITY  REQUIREMENT; AND
PROVIDED FURTHER THAT, EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE EXPRESSLY  PROVIDED  IN  THIS
ARTICLE, THE COMMISSION SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO THE LAWS OF ANY COMPACT-
ING  STATE  PERTAINING TO CONFIDENTIALITY AND NONDISCLOSURE WITH RESPECT
TO RECORDS, DATA AND INFORMATION IN ITS POSSESSION. CONFIDENTIAL  INFOR-
MATION  OF  THE COMMISSION SHALL REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL AFTER SUCH INFORMA-
TION IS PROVIDED TO ANY COMMISSIONER.
  (C) THE COMMISSION SHALL MONITOR COMPACTING STATES FOR COMPLIANCE WITH
DULY ADOPTED BY-LAWS, RULES, INCLUDING UNIFORM STANDARDS, AND  OPERATING

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PROCEDURES.  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  NOTIFY SUCH NONCOMPLYING COMPACTING
STATE IN WRITING OF ITS NONCOMPLIANCE WITH COMMISSION BY-LAWS, RULES  OR
OPERATING  PROCEDURES.  IF  THE  NONCOMPLYING  COMPACTING STATE FAILS TO
REMEDY  SUCH  NONCOMPLIANCE  WITHIN  THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE NOTICE OF
NONCOMPLIANCE, THE COMPACTING STATE SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE IN DEFAULT  AS
SET  FORTH IN SECTION EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTEEN OF THIS ARTI-
CLE.
  (D) THE COMMISSIONER OF ANY STATE IN WHICH AN INSURER IS AUTHORIZED TO
DO BUSINESS, OR IS CONDUCTING THE BUSINESS OF INSURANCE, SHALL  CONTINUE
TO EXERCISE HIS OR HER AUTHORITY TO OVERSEE THE MARKET REGULATION OF THE
ACTIVITIES  OF  THE  INSURER  IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE
STATE'S LAW. THE  COMMISSIONER'S  ENFORCEMENT  OF  COMPLIANCE  WITH  THE
COMPACT IS GOVERNED BY THE FOLLOWING PROVISIONS:
  (1)  WITH RESPECT TO THE COMMISSIONER'S MARKET REGULATION OF A PRODUCT
OR ADVERTISEMENT THAT IS APPROVED OR CERTIFIED TO  THE  COMMISSION,  THE
CONTENT OF THE PRODUCT OR ADVERTISEMENT SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION
OF  THE PROVISIONS, STANDARDS OR REQUIREMENTS OF THE COMPACT EXCEPT UPON
A FINAL ORDER OF THE COMMISSION, ISSUED AT THE REQUEST OF A COMMISSIONER
AFTER PRIOR NOTICE TO THE INSURER AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR HEARING  BEFORE
THE COMMISSION.
  (2)  BEFORE  A  COMMISSIONER  MAY BRING AN ACTION FOR VIOLATION OF ANY
PROVISION, STANDARD OR  REQUIREMENT  OF  THE  COMPACT  RELATING  TO  THE
CONTENT OF AN ADVERTISEMENT NOT APPROVED OR CERTIFIED TO THE COMMISSION,
THE  COMMISSION  OR  AN  AUTHORIZED COMMISSION OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE, MUST
AUTHORIZE THE ACTION. HOWEVER, AUTHORIZATION PURSUANT TO THIS  PARAGRAPH
DOES  NOT  REQUIRE  NOTICE  TO  THE  INSURER, OPPORTUNITY FOR HEARING OR
DISCLOSURE OF REQUESTS FOR AUTHORIZATION OR RECORDS OF THE  COMMISSION'S
ACTION ON SUCH REQUESTS.
  S  8810.  DISPUTE  RESOLUTION.  THE COMMISSION SHALL ATTEMPT, UPON THE
REQUEST OF A MEMBER, TO RESOLVE ANY DISPUTES OR OTHER  ISSUES  THAT  ARE
SUBJECT TO THIS COMPACT AND WHICH MAY ARISE BETWEEN TWO OR MORE COMPACT-
ING  STATES, OR BETWEEN COMPACTING STATES AND NON-COMPACTING STATES, AND
THE COMMISSION SHALL PROMULGATE AN  OPERATING  PROCEDURE  PROVIDING  FOR
RESOLUTION OF SUCH DISPUTES.
  S  8811.  PRODUCT  FILING  AND  APPROVAL. (A) INSURERS AND THIRD-PARTY
FILERS SEEKING TO HAVE A PRODUCT APPROVED BY THE COMMISSION  SHALL  FILE
SUCH  PRODUCT  WITH,  AND PAY APPLICABLE FILING FEES TO, THE COMMISSION.
NOTHING IN THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE  CONSTRUED  TO  RESTRICT  OR  OTHERWISE
PREVENT AN INSURER FROM FILING ITS PRODUCT WITH THE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT
IN ANY STATE WHEREIN SUCH INSURER IS LICENSED TO CONDUCT THE BUSINESS OF
INSURANCE,  AND  SUCH  FILING SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE LAWS OF THE STATES
WHERE FILED.
  (B) THE COMMISSION SHALL ESTABLISH APPROPRIATE FILING AND REVIEW PROC-
ESSES AND PROCEDURES PURSUANT TO COMMISSION RULES AND  OPERATING  PROCE-
DURES.  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  PROVISION IN THIS SECTION TO THE CONTRARY,
THE COMMISSION SHALL PROMULGATE RULES TO ESTABLISH CONDITIONS AND PROCE-
DURES UNDER WHICH THE COMMISSION WILL PROVIDE PUBLIC ACCESS  TO  PRODUCT
FILING  INFORMATION.  IN  ESTABLISHING  SUCH RULES, THE COMMISSION SHALL
CONSIDER THE INTERESTS OF THE PUBLIC IN HAVING ACCESS TO  SUCH  INFORMA-
TION,  AS  WELL AS PROTECTION OF PERSONAL MEDICAL AND FINANCIAL INFORMA-
TION AND TRADE SECRETS, THAT MAY BE CONTAINED IN  A  PRODUCT  FILING  OR
SUPPORTING INFORMATION.
  (C)  ANY  PRODUCT  APPROVED BY THE COMMISSION MAY BE SOLD OR OTHERWISE
ISSUED IN THOSE COMPACTING  STATES  IN  WHICH  THE  INSURER  IS  LEGALLY
AUTHORIZED TO DO BUSINESS.

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  S  8812.  REVIEW  OF  COMMISSION  DECISIONS REGARDING FILINGS. (A) NOT
LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE COMMISSION HAS GIVEN NOTICE OF A DISAP-
PROVED PRODUCT OR ADVERTISEMENT FILED WITH THE COMMISSION,  THE  INSURER
OR  THIRD PARTY FILER WHOSE FILING WAS DISAPPROVED MAY APPEAL THE DETER-
MINATION  TO  A REVIEW PANEL APPOINTED BY THE COMMISSION. THE COMMISSION
SHALL PROMULGATE RULES  TO  ESTABLISH  PROCEDURES  FOR  APPOINTING  SUCH
REVIEW  PANEL AND PROVIDE FOR NOTICE AND HEARING. AN ALLEGATION THAT THE
COMMISSION, IN DISAPPROVING A PRODUCT OR ADVERTISEMENT  FILED  WITH  THE
COMMISSION,  ACTED  ARBITRARILY,  CAPRICIOUSLY OR IN A MANNER THAT IS AN
ABUSE OF DISCRETION OR OTHERWISE NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW, IS  SUBJECT
TO  JUDICIAL  REVIEW  IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBSECTION (E) OF SECTION EIGHT
THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE.
  (B) THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE AUTHORITY TO MONITOR, REVIEW AND  RECON-
SIDER  PRODUCTS AND ADVERTISEMENT SUBSEQUENT TO THEIR FILING OR APPROVAL
UPON A FINDING THAT THE PRODUCT DOES NOT MEET THE RELEVANT UNIFORM STAN-
DARD. WHERE APPROPRIATE, THE  COMMISSION  MAY  WITHDRAW  OR  MODIFY  ITS
APPROVAL  AFTER PROPER NOTICE AND HEARING, SUBJECT TO THE APPEAL PROCESS
SET FORTH IN SUBSECTION (A) OF THIS SECTION.
  S 8813. FINANCE. (A) THE COMMISSION  SHALL  PAY  OR  PROVIDE  FOR  THE
PAYMENT  OF  THE  REASONABLE EXPENSES OF ITS ESTABLISHMENT AND ORGANIZA-
TION. TO FUND THE COST OF ITS INITIAL  OPERATIONS,  THE  COMMISSION  MAY
ACCEPT  CONTRIBUTIONS AND OTHER FORMS OF FUNDING FROM THE NAIC, COMPACT-
ING STATES AND OTHER SOURCES. CONTRIBUTIONS AND OTHER FORMS  OF  FUNDING
FROM  OTHER  SOURCES  SHALL BE OF SUCH A NATURE THAT THE INDEPENDENCE OF
THE COMMISSION CONCERNING THE PERFORMANCE OF ITS  DUTIES  SHALL  NOT  BE
COMPROMISED.
  (B)  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL COLLECT A FILING FEE FROM EACH INSURER AND
THIRD PARTY FILER FILING A PRODUCT WITH THE COMMISSION TO COVER THE COST
OF THE OPERATIONS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMISSION AND ITS  STAFF  IN  A
TOTAL AMOUNT SUFFICIENT TO COVER THE COMMISSION'S ANNUAL BUDGET.
  (C)  THE  COMMISSION'S  BUDGET FOR A FISCAL YEAR SHALL NOT BE APPROVED
UNTIL IT HAS BEEN SUBJECT TO NOTICE AND COMMENT AS SET FORTH IN  SECTION
EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE.
  (D)  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  BE EXEMPT FROM ALL TAXATION IN AND BY THE
COMPACTING STATES.
  (E) THE COMMISSION SHALL NOT  PLEDGE  THE  CREDIT  OF  ANY  COMPACTING
STATE,  EXCEPT  BY  AND  WITH  THE  APPROPRIATE  LEGAL AUTHORITY OF THAT
COMPACTING STATE.
  (F) THE COMMISSION SHALL KEEP COMPLETE AND ACCURATE  ACCOUNTS  OF  ALL
ITS  INTERNAL RECEIPTS, INCLUDING GRANTS AND DONATIONS AND DISBURSEMENTS
OF ALL FUNDS UNDER ITS CONTROL. THE INTERNAL FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS  OF  THE
COMMISSION  SHALL  BE  SUBJECT  TO THE ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES ESTABLISHED
UNDER ITS BY-LAWS. THE FINANCIAL  ACCOUNTS  AND  REPORTS  INCLUDING  THE
SYSTEM  OF  INTERNAL  CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES OF THE COMMISSION SHALL BE
AUDITED ANNUALLY BY AN INDEPENDENT CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT. UPON THE
DETERMINATION OF THE COMMISSION, BUT NO LESS FREQUENTLY THAN EVERY THREE
YEARS, THE REVIEW OF SUCH INDEPENDENT AUDITOR SHALL INCLUDE A MANAGEMENT
AND PERFORMANCE AUDIT OF THE COMMISSION. THE COMMISSION  SHALL  MAKE  AN
ANNUAL  REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE OF THE COMPACTING STATES,
WHICH SHALL INCLUDE A REPORT OF SUCH INDEPENDENT AUDIT. THE COMMISSION'S
INTERNAL ACCOUNTS SHALL NOT BE CONFIDENTIAL AND SUCH  MATERIALS  MAY  BE
SHARED  WITH  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  ANY  COMPACTING STATE UPON REQUEST,
PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ANY WORK PAPERS RELATED TO ANY INTERNAL OR INDE-
PENDENT AUDIT AND ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE PRIVACY  OF  INDIVIDUALS
AND  INSURERS'  PROPRIETARY  INFORMATION, INCLUDING TRADE SECRETS, SHALL
REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL.

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  (G) NO COMPACTING STATE SHALL HAVE ANY CLAIM TO OR  OWNERSHIP  OF  ANY
PROPERTY  HELD BY OR VESTED IN THE COMMISSION OR TO ANY COMMISSION FUNDS
HELD PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS COMPACT.
  S 8814. COMPACTING STATES, EFFECTIVE DATE AND AMENDMENT. (A) ANY STATE
IS ELIGIBLE TO BECOME A COMPACTING STATE.
  (B)  THE  COMPACT  SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE AND BINDING UPON LEGISLATIVE
ENACTMENT OF THE COMPACT INTO LAW BY  TWO  COMPACTING  STATES;  PROVIDED
HOWEVER,  THAT  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  BECOME EFFECTIVE FOR PURPOSES OF
ADOPTING UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR REVIEWING, AND GIVING APPROVAL OR  DISAP-
PROVAL  OF,  PRODUCTS  FILED WITH THE COMMISSION THAT SATISFY APPLICABLE
UNIFORM STANDARDS ONLY AFTER TWENTY-SIX STATES ARE COMPACTING STATES OR,
ALTERNATIVELY, BY STATES REPRESENTING GREATER THAN FORTY PERCENT OF  THE
PREMIUM  VOLUME FOR LIFE INSURANCE, ANNUITY, DISABILITY INCOME AND LONG-
TERM CARE INSURANCE PRODUCTS, BASED ON RECORDS OF THE NAIC FOR THE PRIOR
YEAR. THEREAFTER, IT SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE AND BINDING AS TO ANY  OTHER
COMPACTING STATE UPON ENACTMENT OF THE COMPACT INTO LAW BY THAT STATE.
  (C)  AMENDMENTS  TO  THE COMPACT MAY BE PROPOSED BY THE COMMISSION FOR
ENACTMENT BY THE COMPACTING STATES. NO AMENDMENT SHALL BECOME  EFFECTIVE
AND  BINDING  UPON  THE  COMMISSION AND THE COMPACTING STATES UNLESS AND
UNTIL ALL COMPACTING STATES ENACT THE AMENDMENT INTO LAW.
  S 8815. WITHDRAWAL, DEFAULT AND TERMINATION.  (A)(1)  ONCE  EFFECTIVE,
THE  COMPACT  SHALL  CONTINUE  IN FORCE AND REMAIN BINDING UPON EACH AND
EVERY COMPACTING STATE; PROVIDED THAT A COMPACTING  STATE  MAY  WITHDRAW
FROM  THE  COMPACT  ("WITHDRAWING  STATE") BY ENACTING A STATUTE SPECIF-
ICALLY REPEALING THE STATUTE WHICH ENACTED THE COMPACT INTO LAW.
  (2) THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF WITHDRAWAL IS  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THE
REPEALING STATUTE.  HOWEVER, THE WITHDRAWAL SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY PROD-
UCT  FILINGS  APPROVED  OR  SELF-CERTIFIED, OR ANY ADVERTISEMENT OF SUCH
PRODUCTS, ON THE DATE THE REPEALING STATUTE BECOMES EFFECTIVE, EXCEPT BY
MUTUAL AGREEMENT OF THE COMMISSION AND THE WITHDRAWING STATE UNLESS  THE
APPROVAL  IS RESCINDED BY THE WITHDRAWING STATE AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH
FIVE OF THIS SUBSECTION.
  (3) THE COMMISSIONER OF THE WITHDRAWING STATE SHALL IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY
THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IN WRITING UPON THE INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION
REPEALING THIS COMPACT IN THE WITHDRAWING STATE.
  (4) THE COMMISSION SHALL NOTIFY THE OTHER  COMPACTING  STATES  OF  THE
INTRODUCTION  OF  SUCH  LEGISLATION WITHIN TEN DAYS AFTER ITS RECEIPT OF
NOTICE THEREOF.
  (5) THE WITHDRAWING STATE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL  OBLIGATIONS,  DUTIES
AND  LIABILITIES  INCURRED  THROUGH  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE OF WITHDRAWAL,
INCLUDING ANY OBLIGATIONS, THE PERFORMANCE OF WHICH  EXTEND  BEYOND  THE
EFFECTIVE DATE OF WITHDRAWAL, EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT THOSE OBLIGATIONS MAY
HAVE BEEN RELEASED OR RELINQUISHED BY MUTUAL AGREEMENT OF THE COMMISSION
AND  THE  WITHDRAWING  STATE.  THE COMMISSION'S APPROVAL OF PRODUCTS AND
ADVERTISEMENT PRIOR TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF WITHDRAWAL  SHALL  CONTINUE
TO  BE  EFFECTIVE  AND BE GIVEN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT IN THE WITHDRAWING
STATE, UNLESS FORMALLY RESCINDED BY THE WITHDRAWING STATE  IN  THE  SAME
MANNER AS PROVIDED BY THE LAWS OF THE WITHDRAWING STATE FOR THE PROSPEC-
TIVE  DISAPPROVAL OF PRODUCTS OR ADVERTISEMENT PREVIOUSLY APPROVED UNDER
STATE LAW.
  (6) REINSTATEMENT FOLLOWING WITHDRAWAL OF ANY COMPACTING  STATE  SHALL
OCCUR  UPON  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE OF THE WITHDRAWING STATE'S LEGISLATION
REENACTING THE COMPACT.
  (B) (1) IF THE COMMISSION DETERMINES THAT ANY COMPACTING STATE HAS  AT
ANY TIME DEFAULTED ("DEFAULTING STATE") IN THE PERFORMANCE OF ANY OF ITS
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PROMULGATED RULES OR OPERATING PROCEDURES, THEN, AFTER NOTICE AND  HEAR-
ING  AS  SET  FORTH  IN THE BY-LAWS, ALL RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES AND BENEFITS
CONFERRED BY THE COMPACT ON THE DEFAULTING STATE SHALL BE SUSPENDED FROM
THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF DEFAULT AS FIXED BY THE COMMISSION. THE GROUNDS
FOR DEFAULT INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO,  FAILURE  OF  A  COMPACTING
STATE  TO  PERFORM  ITS  OBLIGATIONS  OR RESPONSIBILITIES, AND ANY OTHER
GROUNDS DESIGNATED IN COMMISSION RULES. THE COMMISSION SHALL IMMEDIATELY
NOTIFY THE DEFAULTING STATE IN WRITING OF THE DEFAULTING STATE'S SUSPEN-
SION PENDING A CURE OF THE DEFAULT. THE COMMISSION SHALL  STIPULATE  THE
CONDITIONS  AND  THE  TIME PERIOD WITHIN WHICH THE DEFAULTING STATE MUST
CURE ITS DEFAULT. IF THE DEFAULTING STATE  FAILS  TO  CURE  THE  DEFAULT
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSION, THE DEFAULTING STATE
SHALL  BE  TERMINATED  FROM  THE  COMPACT AND ALL RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES AND
BENEFITS CONFERRED BY THE COMPACT SHALL BE TERMINATED FROM THE EFFECTIVE
DATE OF TERMINATION.
  (2) PRODUCT APPROVALS BY THE  COMMISSION  OR  PRODUCT  SELF-CERTIFICA-
TIONS, OR ANY ADVERTISEMENT IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH PRODUCT, THAT ARE IN
FORCE  ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF TERMINATION SHALL REMAIN IN FORCE IN THE
DEFAULTING STATE IN THE SAME MANNER AS IF THE DEFAULTING STATE HAD WITH-
DRAWN VOLUNTARILY UNDER THIS SECTION.
  (3)  REINSTATEMENT  FOLLOWING  TERMINATION  OF  ANY  COMPACTING  STATE
REQUIRES A REENACTMENT OF THE COMPACT BY THAT STATE.
  (C)(1) THE COMPACT DISSOLVES EFFECTIVE UPON THE DATE OF THE WITHDRAWAL
OR  DEFAULT  OF  THE  COMPACTING  STATE  WHICH REDUCES MEMBERSHIP IN THE
COMPACT TO ONE COMPACTING STATE.
  (2) UPON THE DISSOLUTION OF THE COMPACT, THE COMPACT BECOMES NULL  AND
VOID  AND  SHALL  BE OF NO FURTHER FORCE OR EFFECT, AND THE BUSINESS AND
AFFAIRS OF THE COMMISSION SHALL BE WOUND UP AND ANY SURPLUS FUNDS  SHALL
BE DISTRIBUTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BY-LAWS.
  S  8816.  SEVERABILITY  AND  CONSTRUCTION.  (A)  THE PROVISIONS OF THE
COMPACT SHALL BE SEVERABLE; AND  IF  ANY  PHRASE,  CLAUSE,  SENTENCE  OR
PROVISION  IS  DEEMED  UNENFORCEABLE,  THE  REMAINING  PROVISIONS OF THE
COMPACT SHALL BE ENFORCEABLE.
  (B) THE PROVISIONS OF THE COMPACT  SHALL  BE  LIBERALLY  CONSTRUED  TO
EFFECTUATE ITS PURPOSES.
  S  8817. BINDING EFFECT OF COMPACT AND OTHER LAWS. (A) NOTHING IN THIS
SECTION PREVENTS THE ENFORCEMENT OF ANY OTHER LAW OF A COMPACTING STATE,
EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION (B) OF THIS SECTION.
  (B) FOR ANY PRODUCT APPROVED  OR  CERTIFIED  TO  THE  COMMISSION,  THE
RULES,  UNIFORM  STANDARDS  AND ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS OF THE COMMISSION
SHALL CONSTITUTE THE EXCLUSIVE PROVISIONS  APPLICABLE  TO  THE  CONTENT,
APPROVAL  AND  CERTIFICATION OF SUCH PRODUCTS. FOR ADVERTISEMENT THAT IS
SUBJECT TO THE COMMISSION'S AUTHORITY, ANY  RULE,  UNIFORM  STANDARD  OR
OTHER  REQUIREMENT  OF  THE  COMMISSION WHICH GOVERNS THE CONTENT OF THE
ADVERTISEMENT SHALL CONSTITUTE THE EXCLUSIVE PROVISION  THAT  A  COMMIS-
SIONER  MAY  APPLY  TO THE CONTENT OF THE ADVERTISEMENT. NOTWITHSTANDING
THE FOREGOING, NO ACTION TAKEN  BY  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  ABROGATE  OR
RESTRICT:
  (1) THE ACCESS OF ANY PERSON TO STATE COURTS;
  (2)  REMEDIES AVAILABLE UNDER STATE LAW RELATED TO BREACH OF CONTRACT,
TORT OR OTHER LAWS NOT SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED TO THE CONTENT OF THE PROD-
UCT;
  (3) STATE LAW RELATING TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF INSURANCE CONTRACTS; OR
  (4) THE AUTHORITY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE INCLUDING,  BUT
NOT  LIMITED TO, MAINTAINING ANY ACTIONS OR PROCEEDINGS AS AUTHORIZED BY
LAW.

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  (C) ALL INSURANCE PRODUCTS  FILED  WITH  INDIVIDUAL  STATES  SHALL  BE
SUBJECT TO THE LAWS OF THOSE STATES.
  (D)  ALL  LAWFUL  ACTIONS  OF  THE COMMISSION, INCLUDING ALL RULES AND
OPERATING PROCEDURES PROMULGATED BY THE COMMISSION, ARE BINDING UPON THE
COMPACTING STATES.
  (E) ALL AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE COMMISSION AND  THE  COMPACTING  STATES
ARE BINDING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR TERMS.
  (F)  UPON  THE  REQUEST  OF  A PARTY TO A CONFLICT OVER THE MEANING OR
INTERPRETATION OF COMMISSION ACTIONS, AND UPON A MAJORITY  VOTE  OF  THE
COMPACTING  STATES, THE COMMISSION MAY ISSUE ADVISORY OPINIONS REGARDING
THE DISPUTED MEANING OR INTERPRETATION.
  (G) IN THE EVENT ANY PROVISION OF THIS ARTICLE EXCEEDS  THE  CONSTITU-
TIONAL  LIMITS  IMPOSED  ON THE LEGISLATURE OF ANY COMPACTING STATE, THE
OBLIGATIONS, DUTIES, POWERS OR JURISDICTION SOUGHT TO  BE  CONFERRED  BY
THAT  PROVISION  UPON  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  BE INEFFECTIVE AS TO SUCH
COMPACTING STATE, AND SUCH OBLIGATIONS, DUTIES, POWERS  OR  JURISDICTION
SHALL REMAIN IN THE COMPACTING STATE AND SHALL BE EXERCISED BY THE AGEN-
CY THEREOF TO WHICH SUCH OBLIGATIONS, DUTIES, POWERS OR JURISDICTION ARE
DELEGATED BY LAW IN EFFECT AT THE TIME THE COMPACT BECOMES EFFECTIVE.
  S  3.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2015 and shall expire and
be deemed repealed December 31, 2017; provided, however, that any policy
or contract issued during the period that the provisions of this act are
in effect that has been approved in accordance with  the  provisions  of
this act shall continue in full force and effect.

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