2007 WISCONSIN ACT 168
An Act to repeal 612.51 (1) and 628.347 (1) (c); to renumber and amend 631.20 (6) (a); to amend 40.55 (1), 100.205 (6) (intro.), 605.03 (1) (a), 607.02 (1), 628.347 (title), 628.347 (1) (b), 628.347 (2) (a), 628.347 (2) (b) 1., 628.347 (2) (b) 2., 628.347 (2) (b) 3., 628.347 (2) (b) 4., 628.347 (2) (c) (intro.), 628.347 (3) (f) 2., 628.347 (5) (a), 628.347 (5) (b), 628.347 (5) (c), 628.347 (6) (b), 628.347 (6) (c), 628.347 (7), 628.347 (8) (a), 631.01 (4m), 631.20 (1) (a), 631.20 (2) (intro.), 631.20 (3), 631.20 (6) (title), 631.20 (6) (b), 631.21 (1) (intro.), 631.23 (1) (intro.), 631.36 (1) (a), 632.32 (4) (intro.), 632.45 (2), 646.35 (6) (bm) and 893.80 (8); and to create 14.82, 601.58, 631.20 (1) (c), 631.20 (1g), 631.20 (1m), 631.20 (6) (a) 2. and 631.20 (6) (c) of the statutes; relating to: the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact, the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission, filing insurance policy forms with the commissioner of insurance, suitability of annuity contracts, and granting rule-making authority.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
14.82 of the statutes is created to read:
14.82 Interstate insurance product regulation commission. There is created an interstate insurance product regulation commission as specified in s. 601.58 (3). The member of the commission representing this state shall be the commissioner of insurance or his or her designated representative, who must be an official or employee of the office of the commissioner of insurance. The commission member shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed from the appropriation under s. 20.145 (1) (g) for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of his or her duties. The commission has the powers and duties granted and imposed under s. 601.58.
40.55 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
40.55 (1) Except as provided in sub. (5), the state shall offer, through the group insurance board, to eligible employees under s. 40.02 (25) (bm) and to state annuitants long-term care insurance policies which have been approved for sale in this state by filed with the office of the commissioner of insurance and which have been approved for offering under contracts established by the group insurance board if the insurer requests that the policy be offered and the state shall also allow an eligible employee or a state annuitant to purchase those policies for his or her spouse or parent.
100.205 (6) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
100.205 (6) (intro.) Every warrantor shall purchase a policy of insurance covering the financial integrity of its warranties. The policy of insurance shall be on a form approved by the commissioner of insurance under s. 631.20 and shall have the following minimum provisions:
601.58 of the statutes is created to read:
601.58 Interstate insurance product regulation compact. The interstate insurance product regulation compact is hereby enacted into law and entered into by this state with all other jurisdictions legally joining therein, in substantially the following form:
(1) Article I - Purposes. Through means of joint and cooperative action among the compacting states, the purposes of this compact include all of the following:
(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.
(g) To perform these and such other related functions as may be consistent with the state regulation of the business of insurance.
(2) Article II - Definitions. In this compact:
(a) "Advertisement" means any material designed to create public interest in a product or to induce the public to purchase, increase, modify, reinstate, borrow on, surrender, replace, or retain a policy, as more specifically defined in the rules and operating procedures of the commission.
(b) "Bylaws" mean those bylaws established by the commission for its governance, or for directing or controlling the commission's actions or conduct.
(c) "Commission" means the interstate insurance product regulation commission established by this compact.
(d) "Commissioner" means the chief insurance regulatory official of a state, including, but not limited to, commissioner, superintendent, director, or administrator.
(e) "Compacting state" means any state that has enacted this compact legislation and that has not withdrawn under sub. (14) (a) or been terminated under sub. (14) (g).
(f) "Domiciliary state" means the state in which an insurer is incorporated 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 section.
(h) "Member" means the person chosen by a compacting state as its representative to the commission, or his or her designee.
(i) "Noncompacting state" means any state that is not at the time a compacting state.
(j) "Operating procedures" mean procedures promulgated by the commission implementing a rule, a uniform standard, or a provision of this compact.
(k) "Product" means the form of a policy or contract, including any application, endorsement, or related form that is attached to and made a part of the policy or contract, and any evidence of coverage or certificate, for an individual or group annuity, life insurance, disability income, or long-term care insurance product that an insurer is authorized to issue.
(L) "Rule" means a statement of general or particular applicability and future effect promulgated by the commission, including a uniform standard developed under sub. (7), 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 sub. (7), and shall include all of the product requirements in the 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 the product made available to the public shall not be unfair, inequitable, or against public policy as determined by the commission.
(3) Article III - Establishment of the Commission and Venue. The compacting states hereby create the interstate insurance product regulation commission. Pursuant to sub. (4), the commission will 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, that it is not intended for the commission to be the exclusive entity for receipt and review of insurance product filings. Nothing herein shall prohibit any insurer from filing its product in any state wherein the insurer is licensed to conduct the business of insurance, and any such filing shall be subject to the laws of the state where filed. The commission is a body corporate and politic, and an instrumentality of the compacting states. The commission is solely responsible for its liabilities except as otherwise specifically provided in this compact. Venue is proper and judicial proceedings by or against the commission shall be brought solely and exclusively in a court of competent jurisdiction where the principal office of the commission is located.
(4) Article IV - Powers of the Commission. The commission shall have all of the following powers:
(a) To promulgate rules, pursuant to sub. (7), which shall be binding in the compacting states to the extent and in the manner provided in this compact.
(b) To exercise its rule-making authority and establish reasonable uniform standards for products covered under the compact, and advertisement related thereto, which shall have the force and effect of law and shall be binding in the compacting states, but only for those products filed with the commission; provided, that a compacting state shall have the right to opt out of such uniform standard pursuant to sub. (7), to the extent and in the manner provided in this compact; and provided further, that any uniform standard established by the commission 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' 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 National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Long-Term Care Insurance Model Act or Long-Term Care Insurance Model Regulation adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners require amending of the uniform standards established by the commission for long-term care insurance products.
(c) To receive and review in an expeditious manner products filed with the commission, and 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.
(d) To receive and review in an expeditious manner advertisement relating to long-term care insurance products for which uniform standards have been adopted by the commission, and give approval to all advertisement that satisfies the applicable uniform standard. For any product covered under this compact, 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 subsection 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.
(e) To exercise its rule-making authority and designate products and advertisement that may be subject to a self-certification process without the need for prior approval by the commission.
(f) To promulgate operating procedures, pursuant to sub. (7), that shall be binding in the compacting states to the extent and in the manner provided in this compact.
(g) 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.
(h) To issue subpoenas requiring the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of evidence.
(i) To establish and maintain offices.
(j) To purchase and maintain insurance and bonds.
(k) To borrow, accept, or contract for services of personnel, including, but not limited to, employees of a compacting state.
(L) 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.
(m) 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.
(n) To lease, purchase, accept appropriate gifts or donations of, or otherwise 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.
(o) To sell, convey, mortgage, pledge, lease, exchange, abandon, or otherwise dispose of any property, real, personal, or mixed.
(p) To remit filing fees to compacting states as may be set forth in the bylaws, rules, or operating procedures.
(q) To enforce compliance by compacting states with rules, uniform standards, operating procedures, and bylaws.
(r) To provide for dispute resolution among compacting states.
(s) To advise compacting states on issues relating to insurers domiciled or doing business in noncompacting jurisdictions, consistent with the purposes of this compact.
(t) To provide advice and training to those personnel in state insurance departments responsible for product review, and to be a resource for state insurance departments.