Supporting services. 601.14(1)(1)
The department of administration shall provide suitable premises for the offices of the commissioner of insurance:
Elsewhere, if approved by the governor as necessary for the efficient operation of the office.
(2) Materials, supplies, equipment and contractual services.
The department of administration shall provide the office with all materials, supplies, equipment and contractual services necessary for its efficient operation, including reasonable library facilities and books. Part-time or temporary services of professionals and experts shall be provided by the department of administration upon the recommendation of the commissioner, and may be provided without regard to the restrictions of subch. II of ch. 230
History: 1971 c. 307
; 1977 c. 196
The deputy commissioner shall take and file the official oath.
Official seal and signature. 601.16(1)
The commissioner need not have nor use an official seal. Any statutory or common law requirement that an official seal be affixed is satisfied by the signature of the commissioner.
Any signature of the commissioner may be in facsimile unless specifically required to be handwritten.
History: 1977 c. 203
Any power, duty or function vested in the commissioner by law may be exercised, discharged or performed by any employee of the office acting in the commissioner's name and by the commissioner's delegated authority. Any person whose own course of action in good faith depends upon proof of the validity of an asserted delegation is not obligated to act until the person is shown a written delegation with a handwritten signature of the commissioner or deputy commissioner.
History: 1979 c. 102
Organization of the office.
The commissioner shall publish periodically in the Wisconsin administrative code an up-to-date chart and explanation of the organization of the commissioner's office, making clear the allocation of responsibility and authority among the staff.
History: 1979 c. 102
s. 236 (14)
Advisory councils and committees. 601.20(1)
Authorization to form councils and committees.
The commissioner may create advisory councils and committees under s. 15.04 (1) (c)
to assist in dealing with regulatory problems. The commissioner may appoint members and may provide by rule for the creation, governance, duties and termination of any council or committee the commissioner establishes.
See also s. Ins 6.79
, Wis. adm. code.
FINANCING THE INSURANCE OFFICE
Except as provided in sub. (2m)
, the following fees, unless revised by the commissioner as provided in s. 601.32
, shall be paid to the commissioner:
For filing documents for examination preliminary to initial licensing or for any other initial filing of documents required by law as a prerequisite for operating or otherwise providing services in this state, including the filing of articles of incorporation, the first declaration or statement, a certified copy of charter, and others:
For issuing a permit or certificate of authority:
Annually for continuation of a permit or certificate of authority:
For filing articles of amendment, domestic companies, $25.
For filing a copy of amendments to the articles of a nondomestic insurer, $25.
For filing a copy of articles of merger of a nondomestic insurer, other than with a domestic corporation, $25.
For filing an application by a nondomestic insurer for amended certificate of authority to transact business in this state, $25.
For filing an application to reserve a corporate name, $25.
For filing a notice of transfer of a reserved corporate name, $25.
For processing and maintaining registration records under s. 100.203 (2)
, a fee to be set by the commissioner by rule but not to exceed $250 annually.
For processing and maintaining license records under s. 616.54 (4)
, $400 upon initial licensure and $100 annually thereafter, unless the commission specifies a different amount by rule.
For issuing or enlarging the scope of a license, amounts to be set by the commissioner by rule but not to exceed:
Corporation, limited liability company or partnership intermediary, $100; and
For filing an original electronic resident intermediary license application following successful completion of any required prelicensing education or examination under s. 628.04
For each biennial recertification as an independent review organization under s. 632.835
For regulating resident intermediaries and nonresident intermediaries, annually after the year in which the initial license is issued, amounts to be set by the commissioner by rule and paid at times and under procedures set by the commissioner.
For regulating a holder of a license to place business under s. 618.41
, annually after the year in which the initial license is issued, an amount to be set by the commissioner by rule and paid at times and under procedures set by the commissioner, but not to exceed $100.
For appointing, or renewing an appointment of, an agent under s. 628.11
, $16 annually for resident agents or $50 annually for nonresident agents, unless the commissioner sets a higher fee by rule, to be paid at times and under procedures set by the commissioner.
For examination of an applicant for a license as an insurance intermediary, an amount to be set by the commissioner by rule.
For substituted service of process on the commissioner under s. 601.72
For a copy of a paper filed in the commissioner's office, actual cost.
For preparation and furnishing of lists of insurers or intermediaries, actual cost.
For filing documents for examination preliminary to initial listing by the commissioner for surplus lines insurance under s. 618.41 (6) (d)
For initial issuance and for each annual renewal of a license as an administrator under ch. 633
For issuing approval to an organization to offer prelicensing or continuing education courses or programs for intermediaries under s. 628.04 (3)
, a fee to be set by the commissioner by rule, but not to exceed $500.
By organizations approved under subd. 1.
, for renewing the approval of such organizations, annually after the year in which the approval under subd. 1.
is issued, an amount to be set and paid at times and under procedure set by the commissioner by rule, but not to exceed $100.
By organizations approved under subd. 1.
, for submitting, for initial approval or approval of any subsequent modification, each course for prelicensing or continuing education, a fee to be set by the commissioner by rule, but not to exceed $25 per credit hour.
For certifying a copy of an annual statement, an examination report, a certificate of authority or articles and bylaws, or amendments to any of those documents, $10.
For a duplicate certification that is requested at the same time as the certification under subd. 1.
An individual who is eligible for the veterans fee waiver program under s. 45.44
is not required to pay a fee under sub. (1)
for the issuance to the individual of any license, certificate, or permit specified in sub. (1)
The commissioner may not increase fees under sub. (1) (m)
above the amounts in effect on March 25, 1988, except for the purpose of funding projected expenses for the office's supervision of the insurance industry.
History: 1971 c. 40
; 1971 c. 125
; 1975 c. 223
; 1979 c. 102
; 1979 c. 261
; 1981 c. 20
, 2202 (26) (a)
; 1981 c. 38
; 1983 a. 358
; 1985 a. 29
; 1987 a. 27
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 39
; 1993 a. 112
; 1995 a. 27
; 1999 a. 9
; 2003 a. 261
; 2007 a. 169
; 2009 a. 28
; 2011 a. 209
Legislative Council Note on sub. (2), 1979: In addition to some editorial corrections, this provision has been amended to apply s. 601.31 (2) [(1) (b)] and (3) [(1) (c)] to former ch. 185 insurers, now operating under subch. I of ch. 616. It also applies s. 601.31 (2) [(1) (b)] and (3) [(1) (c)] to town mutuals. The exemption of fraternals in sub. (25) from certain fees is not justified and is deleted. [Bill 21-S]