Register, June, 2001, No. 546
Chapter Ins 13
TOWN MUTUAL INSURANCE
Other rules applicable to town mutual insurers.
Definitions, usages, synonyms and abbreviations.
Organization of town mutuals.
Undertaking to pay premiums and assessments and contract forms.
Accounting records, accounting controls and reports.
Valuation of liabilities.
Ins 13.01 Other rules applicable to town mutual insurers.
The following chapter and sections of the Wisconsin Administrative Code are applicable to town mutual insurers:
(7) Section Ins 6.76
GROUNDS FOR DISAPPROVAL OF AND AUTHORIZED CLAUSES FOR FIRE, INLAND MARINE AND OTHER PROPERTY INSURANCE FORMS.
Ins 13.01 History
Cr. Register, August, 1974, No. 224
, eff. 9-1-74, emerg. r. (1) (b) eff. 6-22-76; r. (1) (b), Register, September, 1976, No. 249
, eff. 12-1-76; r. and recr., Register, April, 1982, No. 316
, eff. 5-1-82.
Ins 13.02 Definitions, usages, synonyms and abbreviations. Ins 13.02(1)(1)
Admitted assets" as used in this chapter includes the total of ledger assets, plus the total of nonledger assets, less the total assets not admitted as determined in the annual report filed with the office of the commissioner of insurance.
“Gross income" as used in this chapter includes premiums written and assessments collected on direct business and from reinsurance assumed, policy and membership fees, interest and dividend income from investments, gains on investments, rental income from real estate investments and miscellaneous income.
Ins 13.02 History
Cr. Register, August, 1974, No. 224
, eff. 9-1-74.
Ins 13.03 Organization of town mutuals. Ins 13.03(1)
This rule is promulgated to implement, interpret and set forth procedural requirements necessary to carry out the purpose and provisions of s. 612.02
This rule shall apply to all town mutual insurers organized or operating under ch. 612, Stats.
(3) Model articles.
Town mutual insurers may adopt articles of incorporation with provisions as follows:
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
Article I. The name of this corporation is Insurance Company, and the principal office for the transaction of business is located at , county of , (or: at the residence or the business office of the (a specified officer of the company)) state of Wisconsin.
Article II. (1) The business of the corporation is:
(a) Fire and extended coverage insurance, including (excluding) windstorm and hail;
(b) Other property insurance customarily provided with fire insurance, to the extent authorized by statute or rule;
(c) Non-property insurance customarily provided with fire and extended coverage insurance to the extent authorized by statute or rule.
(2) The corporation may insure any property located within the territory specified in the articles, but not elsewhere except as authorized by statute.
(3) The corporation may do business in all of the towns, villages and cities within the county (ies) of (not more than 8 unless specifically authorized by the commissioner or unless the articles result from a merger in which case the maximum is 16), but not elsewhere except as authorized by statute.
Article III. The corporation shall be managed by a board of directors consisting of (not less than 5) members divided into 3 classes. One class shall be elected at each annual meeting for a term of 3 years. The directors shall have such rights, powers and duties as are prescribed by statute, these articles, or the bylaws. Vacancies in the board may be filled by the directors for the interim to the next annual meeting. At that time, a director shall be chosen for the unexpired term. Directors may be removed from office for cause by an affirmative vote of a majority of the full board at a meeting of the board called for that purpose.
Article IV. The officers of the corporation shall consist of a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. These officers shall be chosen by the board of directors from among its members immediately after the annual meeting of the corporation and they shall hold office for one year or until their successors are duly elected and qualified, or until removed by the board, which may remove them without cause subject to any contract rights to compensation.
Article V. The annual meeting of the corporation for the election of directors and such other business as may properly come before the meeting shall be held in Wisconsin, on the in of each year at o'clock M., or at such other time and place within the corporation's territorial limits as may be determined by the board provided they shall give notice thereof by mail to all members at least 10 days prior to the date set by this article for the meeting and at least 30 days prior to the new date of the meeting. Special meetings of the corporation may be called by the board, (and shall be called by the president or secretary upon the written petition of 25 members) provided at least 30 days' notice thereof, reciting the proposed business to be taken up, shall be given by mail to each member. At all meetings of the corporation, 10 members shall constitute a quorum and each member shall have one vote. No member shall vote by proxy.
Article VI. These articles may be amended at any annual or duly called and noticed special meeting by a resolution adopted by two-thirds of the votes cast on the question, subject to approval by the commissioner under s. 612.04 (2)
. Dissolution of the corporation may be effected by a resolution under ss. 612.12 (2)
Article VII. The members of the board, by a majority of the votes cast on the question, may make and amend bylaws not inconsistent with the statutes, these articles or with the provisions or conditions of any existing policy. Any bylaw made or amended by the board shall be subject to repeal or amendment by the members by a majority of the votes cast on the question at an annual or special meeting.
Article VIII. Any assessment shall be levied in accordance with s. 612.54 (1)
. Notice of any assessment shall be subject to s. 612.54 (4)
. Consequences of default and failure to pay an assessment shall be as specified in s. 612.54 (5)
Ins 13.03 History
Cr. Register, August, 1974, No. 224
, eff. 9-1-74; am. (3), Register, June, 2001, No. 546, eff. 1-1-02.
Ins 13.04 Undertaking to pay premiums and assessments and contract forms. Ins 13.04(1)
This rule is promulgated to implement, and set forth procedural requirements necessary to carry out the purpose and provisions of ss. 612.51
This rule shall apply to all corporations organized or operating under ch. 612, Stats.
(3) Undertaking to pay premiums and assessments
. The undertaking to pay premiums and assessments to be signed by all prospective members shall be in form and substance substantially as follows, and may be a part of the application:
UNDERTAKING TO PAY PREMIUMS AND ASSESSMENTS
I, of , in consideration of insurance on my buildings and personal property, insured to myself, my heirs and assigns by the
Insurance Company, bind myself, and to the extent of their interest in the property my heirs and assigns, to pay to the company the premiums for such insurance and, within the period of time stated in the notice of assessment, my share of all legal assessments, if any, levied by the company, together with all legal costs and charges incurred in legal proceedings to collect any assessment levied upon me and statutory penalties for nonpayment, according to the statutes and the terms and conditions in the policy and any renewals thereof or of the insurance thereunder. My property covered by the insurance, both personal and real, shall be liable for that share, waiving all exemptions.
Dated this day of , 20
(4) Town mutual policy forms.
Town mutual policy forms shall conform to ss. Ins 6.07
, and shall include provisions substantially as follows relating to articles of incorporation and bylaws and notice of annual meeting:
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION AND BYLAWS
It is hereby mutually understood and agreed by and between this company and the insured, that this policy is made and accepted with reference to the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, which are hereby declared to be part of this contract. This provision applies whether or not the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws are included in this policy.
The insured is notified that by virtue of this Policy he or she is a member of the Insurance Company, of _________________, County, Wisconsin, and that the annual meetings of said company are held in_______________, County, Wisconsin, on the (date) in (month) of each year at _____o'clock__M.
(5) Permissible variations.
Provisions of a town mutual policy may be so arranged in the policy as to provide for convenience in its preparation and issuance. Blank spaces may be changed or altered, spaces may be provided for the listing of rates and premiums for coverages insured under the policy or by riders or by endorsements attached to or printed thereon, and spaces may be utilized for reference to forms and for listing the amount of insurance, provisions as to coinsurance, provisions as to mortgage clause, descriptions and locations of the insured property and other matters advisable and necessary to indicate a delineation of the insurance effective under the contract, and other data as may be included for duplication of daily reports for office records.