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2017 Florida Statutes

F.S. 626.9931
626.9931 Legislative findings; intent.
(1) The Legislature finds that the financial services marketplace has changed significantly in recent years and that asset-based insurance products, which include life insurance, annuities, disability income insurance, and long-term care insurance, now compete directly with other retirement and estate planning instruments that are sold by banks and securities firms.
(2) The Legislature further finds that the increased mobility of the population and the risks borne by these asset-based products are not local in nature.
(3) The Legislature further finds that the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact Model adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and endorsed by the National Conference of Insurance Legislators and the National Conference of State Legislatures is designed to address these market changes by providing a uniform set of product standards and a single source for filing of new products.
(4) The Legislature further finds that the product standards that have been developed provide a high level of consumer protection. Further, it is noted that the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact Model includes a mechanism for opting out of any product standard that the state determines would not reasonably protect its citizens. With respect to long-term care insurance, the Legislature understands that the compact does not intend to develop a uniform standard for rate increase filings, thereby leaving the authority over long-term care rate increases with the state. The state relies on that understanding in adopting this legislation. The state, pursuant to the terms and conditions of this act, seeks to join with other states and establish the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact, and thus become a member of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission. The Commissioner of Insurance Regulation is hereby designated to serve as the representative of this state on the commission. The commissioner may designate a person to represent this state on the commission, as necessary, to fulfill the duties of being a member of the commission.
History.s. 1, ch. 2013-140.