Florida Senate - 2012 SB 1386 By Senator Smith 29-01611-12 20121386__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Interstate Insurance Product 3 Regulation Compact; providing legislative findings and 4 intent; providing purposes; providing definitions; 5 providing for establishment of an Interstate Insurance 6 Product Regulation Commission; providing 7 responsibilities of the commission; specifying the 8 commission as an instrumentality of the compacting 9 states; providing for venue; specifying the commission 10 as a separate, not-for-profit entity; providing powers 11 of the commission; providing for organization of the 12 commission; providing for membership, voting, and 13 bylaws; designating the Commissioner of Insurance 14 Regulation as the representative of this state on the 15 commission; providing for a management committee, 16 officers, and personnel of the commission; providing 17 authority of the management committee; providing for 18 legislative and advisory committees; providing for 19 qualified immunity, defense, and indemnification of 20 members, officers, employees, and representatives of 21 the commission; providing for meetings and acts of the 22 commission; providing rules and operating procedures; 23 providing rulemaking functions of the commission; 24 providing for opting out of uniform standards; 25 providing procedures and requirements; providing for 26 commission records and enforcement; authorizing the 27 commission to adopt rules; providing for disclosure of 28 certain information; specifying that certain records, 29 data, or information of the commission in possession 30 of the Office of Insurance Regulation is subject to 31 ch. 119, F.S.; requiring the commission to monitor for 32 compliance; providing for dispute resolution; 33 providing for product filing and approval; requiring 34 the commission to establish filing and review 35 processes and procedures; providing for review of 36 commission decisions regarding filings; providing for 37 finance of commission activities; providing for 38 payment of expenses; authorizing the commission to 39 collect filing fees for certain purposes; providing 40 for approval of a commission budget; exempting the 41 commission from all taxation; prohibiting the 42 commission from pledging the credit of any compacting 43 states without authority; requiring the commission to 44 keep complete accurate accounts, provide for audits, 45 and make annual reports to the Governors and 46 Legislatures of compacting states; providing for 47 effective date and amendment of the compact; providing 48 for withdrawal from the compact, default by compacting 49 states, and dissolution of the compact; providing 50 severability and construction; providing for binding 51 effect of compact and other laws; exercising the 52 state’s right in accordance with the compact to 53 prospectively opt out of all uniform standards in the 54 compact involving long-term care insurance products; 55 providing application; providing an appropriation; 56 providing an effective date. 57 58 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 59 60 Section 1. Legislative findings; intent.— 61 (1) The Legislature finds that the financial services 62 marketplace has changed significantly in recent years and that 63 asset-based insurance products, which include life insurance, 64 annuities, disability income insurance, and long-term care 65 insurance, now compete directly with other retirement and estate 66 planning instruments that are sold by banks and securities 67 firms. 68 (2) The Legislature further finds that the increased 69 mobility of the population and the risks borne by these asset 70 based products are not local in nature. 71 (3) The Legislature further finds that the Interstate 72 Insurance Product Regulation Compact Model adopted by the 73 National Association of Insurance Commissioners and endorsed by 74 the National Conference of Insurance Legislators and the 75 National Conference of State Legislatures is designed to address 76 these market changes by providing a uniform set of product 77 standards and a single source for filing of new products. 78 (4) The Legislature further finds that the product 79 standards that have been developed provide a high level of 80 consumer protection. Further, it is noted that the Interstate 81 Insurance Product Regulation Compact Model includes a mechanism 82 for opting out of any product standard that the state determines 83 would not reasonably protect its citizens. With respect to long 84 term care insurance, the Legislature understands that the 85 compact does not intend to develop a uniform standard for rate 86 increase filings, thereby leaving the authority over long-term 87 care rate increases with the state. The state relies on that 88 understanding in adopting this legislation. The state, pursuant 89 to the terms and conditions of this act, seeks to join with 90 other states and establish the Interstate Insurance Product 91 Regulation Compact, and thus become a member of the Interstate 92 Insurance Product Regulation Commission. The Commissioner of 93 Insurance Regulation is hereby designated to serve as the 94 representative of this state on the commission. 95 Section 2. Interstate Insurance Product Regulation 96 Compact.—The Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact is 97 hereby enacted into law and entered into by this state with all 98 states legally joining therein in the form substantially as 99 follows: 100 101 Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact 102 103 Preamble 104 105 This compact is intended to help states join together to 106 establish an interstate compact to regulate designated insurance 107 products. Pursuant to terms and conditions of this compact, this 108 state seeks to join with other states and establish the 109 Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact and thus become 110 a member of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation 111 Commission. 112 113 Article I 114 115 PURPOSES.—The purposes of this compact are, through means 116 of joint and cooperative action among the compacting states, to: 117 (1) Promote and protect the interest of consumers of 118 individual and group annuity, life insurance, disability income, 119 and long-term care insurance products. 120 (2) Develop uniform standards for insurance products 121 covered under the compact. 122 (3) Establish a central clearinghouse to receive and 123 provide prompt review of insurance products covered under the 124 compact and, in certain cases, advertisements related thereto, 125 submitted by insurers authorized to do business in one or more 126 compacting states. 127 (4) Give appropriate regulatory approval to those product 128 filings and advertisements satisfying the applicable uniform 129 standard. 130 (5) Improve coordination of regulatory resources and 131 expertise between state insurance departments regarding the 132 setting of uniform standards and review of insurance products 133 covered under the compact. 134 (6) Create the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation 135 Commission. 136 (7) Perform these and such other related functions as may 137 be consistent with the state regulation of the business of 138 insurance. 139 140 Article II 141 142 DEFINITIONS.—For purposes of this compact: 143 (1) “Advertisement” means any material designed to create 144 public interest in a product, or induce the public to purchase, 145 increase, modify, reinstate, borrow on, surrender, replace, or 146 retain a policy, as more specifically defined in the rules and 147 operating procedures of the commission adopted as of December 148 31, 2011, and subsequent amendments thereto if the methodology 149 remains substantially consistent. 150 (2) “Bylaws” means those bylaws adopted by the commission 151 as of December 31, 2011, and subsequent amendments thereto if 152 the methodology remains substantially consistent, for its 153 governance or for directing or controlling the commission’s 154 actions or conduct. 155 (3) “Compacting state” means any state which has enacted 156 this compact legislation and which has not withdrawn pursuant to 157 subsection (1) of Article XIV or been terminated pursuant to 158 subsection (2) of Article XIV. 159 (4) “Commission” means the “Interstate Insurance Product 160 Regulation Commission” established by this compact. 161 (5) “Commissioner” means the chief insurance regulatory 162 official of a state, including, but not limited to, 163 commissioner, superintendent, director, or administrator. For 164 purposes of this compact, the Commissioner of Insurance 165 Regulation is the chief insurance regulatory official of this 166 state. 167 (6) “Domiciliary state” means the state in which an insurer 168 is incorporated or organized or, in the case of an alien 169 insurer, its state of entry. 170 (7) “Insurer” means any entity licensed by a state to issue 171 contracts of insurance for any of the lines of insurance covered 172 by this compact. 173 (8) “Member” means the person chosen by a compacting state 174 as its representative to the commission, or his or her designee. 175 (9) “Noncompacting state” means any state which is not at 176 the time a compacting state. 177 (10) “Operating procedures” means procedures adopted by the 178 commission as of December 31, 2011, and subsequent amendments 179 thereto if the methodology remains substantially consistent, 180 implementing a rule, uniform standard, or provision of this 181 compact. 182 (11) “Product” means the form of a policy or contract, 183 including any application, endorsement, or related form which is 184 attached to and made a part of the policy or contract, and any 185 evidence of coverage or certificate, for an individual or group 186 annuity, life insurance, disability income, or long-term care 187 insurance product that an insurer is authorized to issue. 188 (12) “Rule” means a statement of general or particular 189 applicability and future effect adopted by the commission as of 190 December 31, 2011, and subsequent amendments thereto if the 191 methodology remains substantially consistent, including a 192 uniform standard developed pursuant to Article VII, designed to 193 implement, interpret, or prescribe law or policy or describing 194 the organization, procedure, or practice requirements of the 195 commission, which shall have the force and effect of law in the 196 compacting states. 197 (13) “State” means any state, district, or territory of the 198 United States. 199 (14) “Third-party filer” means an entity that submits a 200 product filing to the commission on behalf of an insurer. 201 (15) “Uniform standard” means a standard adopted by the 202 commission as of December 31, 2011, and subsequent amendments 203 thereto if the methodology remains substantially consistent, for 204 a product line pursuant to Article VII and shall include all of 205 the product requirements in aggregate; provided, each uniform 206 standard shall be construed, whether express or implied, to 207 prohibit the use of any inconsistent, misleading, or ambiguous 208 provisions in a product and the form of the product made 209 available to the public shall not be unfair, inequitable, or 210 against public policy as determined by the commission. 211 212 Article III 213 214 COMMISSION; ESTABLISHMENT; VENUE.— 215 (1) The compacting states hereby create and establish a 216 joint public agency known as the Interstate Insurance Product 217 Regulation Commission. Pursuant to Article IV, the commission 218 has the power to develop uniform standards for product lines, 219 receive and provide prompt review of products filed with the 220 commission, and give approval to those product filings 221 satisfying applicable uniform standards; provided, it is not 222 intended for the commission to be the exclusive entity for 223 receipt and review of insurance product filings. Nothing in this 224 article shall prohibit any insurer from filing its product in 225 any state in which the insurer is licensed to conduct the 226 business of insurance and any such filing shall be subject to 227 the laws of the state where filed. 228 (2) The commission is a body corporate and politic and an 229 instrumentality of the compacting states. 230 (3) The commission is solely responsible for its 231 liabilities, except as otherwise specifically provided in this 232 compact. 233 (4) Venue is proper and judicial proceedings by or against 234 the commission shall be brought solely and exclusively in a 235 court of competent jurisdiction where the principal office of 236 the commission is located. 237 (5) The commission is a not-for-profit entity, separate and 238 distinct from the individual compacting states. 239 240 Article IV 241 242 POWERS.—The commission shall have the following powers to: 243 (1) Adopt rules, pursuant to Article VII, which shall have 244 the force and effect of law and shall be binding in the 245 compacting states to the extent and in the manner provided in 246 this compact. 247 (2) Exercise its rulemaking authority and establish 248 reasonable uniform standards for products covered under the 249 compact, and advertisement related thereto, which shall have the 250 force and effect of law and shall be binding in the compacting 251 states, but only for those products filed with the commission; 252 provided a compacting state shall have the right to opt out of 253 such uniform standard pursuant to Article VII to the extent and 254 in the manner provided in this compact and any uniform standard 255 established by the commission for long-term care insurance 256 products may provide the same or greater protections for 257 consumers as, but shall not provide less than, those protections 258 set forth in the National Association of Insurance 259 Commissioners’ Long-Term Care Insurance Model Act and Long-Term 260 Care Insurance Model Regulation, respectively, adopted as of 261 2001. The commission shall consider whether any subsequent 262 amendments to the National Association of Insurance 263 Commissioners’ Long-Term Care Insurance Model Act or Long-Term 264 Care Insurance Model Regulation adopted by the National 265 Association of Insurance Commissioners require amending of the 266 uniform standards established by the commission for long-term 267 care insurance products. 268 (3) Receive and review in an expeditious manner products 269 filed with the commission and rate filings for disability income 270 and long-term care insurance products and give approval of those 271 products and rate filings that satisfy the applicable uniform 272 standard, and such approval shall have the force and effect of 273 law and be binding on the compacting states to the extent and in 274 the manner provided in the compact. 275 (4) Receive and review in an expeditious manner 276 advertisement relating to long-term care insurance products for 277 which uniform standards have been adopted by the commission, and 278 give approval to all advertisement that satisfies the applicable 279 uniform standard. For any product covered under this compact, 280 other than long-term care insurance products, the commission 281 shall have the authority to require an insurer to submit all or 282 any part of its advertisement with respect to that product for 283 review or approval prior to use, if the commission determines 284 that the nature of the product is such that an advertisement of 285 the product could have the capacity or tendency to mislead the 286 public. The actions of the commission as provided in this 287 subsection shall have the force and effect of law and shall be 288 binding in the compacting states to the extent and in the manner 289 provided in the compact. 290 (5) Exercise its rulemaking authority and designate 291 products and advertisement that may be subject to a self 292 certification process without the need for prior approval by the 293 commission. 294 (6) Adopt operating procedures, pursuant to Article VII, 295 which shall be binding in the compacting states to the extent 296 and in the manner provided in this compact. 297 (7) Bring and prosecute legal proceedings or actions in its 298 name as the commission; provided the standing of any state 299 insurance department to sue or be sued under applicable law 300 shall not be affected. 301 (8) Issue subpoenas requiring the attendance and testimony 302 of witnesses and the production of evidence. 303 (9) Establish and maintain offices. 304 (10) Purchase and maintain insurance and bonds. 305 (11) Borrow, accept, or contract for services of personnel, 306 including, but not limited to, employees of a compacting state. 307 (12) Hire employees, professionals, or specialists; elect 308 or appoint officers and fix their compensation, define their 309 duties, give them appropriate authority to carry out the 310 purposes of the compact, and determine their qualifications; and 311 establish the commission’s personnel policies and programs 312 relating to, among other things, conflicts of interest, rates of 313 compensation, and qualifications of personnel. 314 (13) Accept any and all appropriate donations and grants of 315 money, equipment, supplies, materials, and services and to 316 receive, use, and dispose of the same; provided at all times the 317 commission shall strive to avoid any appearance of impropriety. 318 (14) Lease, purchase, and accept appropriate gifts or 319 donations of, or otherwise to own, hold, improve, or use, any 320 property, real, personal, or mixed; provided at all times the 321 commission shall strive to avoid any appearance of impropriety. 322 (15) Sell, convey, mortgage, pledge, lease, exchange, 323 abandon, or otherwise dispose of any property, real, personal, 324 or mixed. 325 (16) Remit filing fees to compacting states as may be set 326 forth in the bylaws, rules, or operating procedures. 327 (17) Enforce compliance by compacting states with rules, 328 uniform standards, operating procedures, and bylaws. 329 (18) Provide for dispute resolution among compacting 330 states. 331 (19) Advise compacting states on issues relating to 332 insurers domiciled or doing business in noncompacting 333 jurisdictions, consistent with the purposes of this compact. 334 (20) Provide advice and training to those personnel in 335 state insurance departments responsible for product review and 336 to be a resource for state insurance departments. 337 (21) Establish a budget and make expenditures. 338 (22) Borrow money. 339 (23) Appoint committees, including advisory committees, 340 comprising members, state insurance regulators, state 341 legislators or their representatives, insurance industry and 342 consumer representatives, and such other interested persons as 343 may be designated in the bylaws. 344 (24) Provide and receive information from and to cooperate 345 with law enforcement agencies. 346 (25) Adopt and use a corporate seal. 347 (26) Perform such other functions as may be necessary or 348 appropriate to achieve the purposes of this compact consistent 349 with the state regulation of the business of insurance. 350 351 Article V 352 353 ORGANIZATION.— 354 (1) Membership; voting; bylaws.— 355 (a)1. Each compacting state shall have and be limited to 356 one member. Each member shall be qualified to serve in that 357 capacity pursuant to applicable law of the compacting state. Any 358 member may be removed or suspended from office as provided by 359 the law of the state from which he or she is appointed. Any 360 vacancy occurring in the commission shall be filled in 361 accordance with the laws of the compacting state in which the 362 vacancy exists. Nothing in this article shall be construed to 363 affect the manner in which a compacting state determines the 364 election or appointment and qualification of its own 365 commissioner. 366 2. The Commissioner of Insurance Regulation is hereby 367 designated to serve as the representative of this state on the 368 commission. 369 (b) Each member shall be entitled to one vote and shall 370 have an opportunity to participate in the governance of the 371 commission in accordance with the bylaws. Notwithstanding any 372 other provision of this article, no action of the commission 373 with respect to the adoption of a uniform standard shall be 374 effective unless two-thirds of the members vote in favor of such 375 action. 376 (c) The commission shall, by a majority of the members, 377 prescribe bylaws to govern its conduct as may be necessary or 378 appropriate to carry out the purposes and exercise the powers of 379 the compact, including, but not limited to: 380 1. Establishing the fiscal year of the commission. 381 2. Providing reasonable procedures for appointing and 382 electing members, as well as holding meetings, of the management 383 committee. 384 3. Providing reasonable standards and procedures: 385 a. For the establishment and meetings of other committees. 386 b. Governing any general or specific delegation of any 387 authority or function of the commission. 388 4. Providing reasonable procedures for calling and 389 conducting meetings of the commission that consist of a majority 390 of commission members, ensuring reasonable advance notice of 391 each such meeting, and providing for the right of citizens to 392 attend each such meeting with enumerated exceptions designed to 393 protect the public’s interest, the privacy of individuals, and 394 insurers’ proprietary information, including, but not limited 395 to, trade secrets. The commission may meet in camera only after 396 a majority of the entire membership votes to close a meeting in 397 total or in part. As soon as practicable, the commission must 398 make public a copy of the vote to close the meeting revealing 399 the vote of each member with no proxy votes allowed, and votes 400 taken during such meeting. 401 5. Establishing the titles, duties, and authority and 402 reasonable procedures for the election of the officers of the 403 commission. 404 6. Providing reasonable standards and procedures for the 405 establishment of the personnel policies and programs of the 406 commission. Notwithstanding any civil service or other similar 407 laws of any compacting state, the bylaws shall exclusively 408 govern the personnel policies and programs of the commission. 409 7. Adopting a code of ethics to address permissible and 410 prohibited activities of commission members and employees. 411 8. Providing a mechanism for winding up the operations of 412 the commission and the equitable disposition of any surplus 413 funds that may exist after the termination of the compact after 414 the payment or reserving of all debts and obligations of the 415 commission. 416 (d) The commission shall publish its bylaws in a convenient 417 form and file a copy of such bylaws and a copy of any amendment 418 to such bylaws, with the appropriate agency or officer in each 419 of the compacting states. 420 (2) Management committee, officers, and personnel.— 421 (a) A management committee comprising no more than 14 422 members shall be established as follows: 423 1. One member from each of the six compacting states with 424 the largest premium volume for individual and group annuities, 425 life, disability income, and long-term care insurance products, 426 determined from the records of the National Association of 427 Insurance Commissioners for the prior year. 428 2. Four members from those compacting states with at least 429 2 percent of the market based on the premium volume described 430 above, other than the six compacting states with the largest 431 premium volume, selected on a rotating basis as provided in the 432 bylaws. 433 3. Four members from those compacting states with less than 434 2 percent of the market, based on the premium volume described 435 above, with one selected from each of the four zone regions of 436 the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as provided 437 in the bylaws. 438 (b) The management committee shall have such authority and 439 duties as may be set forth in the bylaws, including, but not 440 limited to: 441 1. Managing the affairs of the commission in a manner 442 consistent with the bylaws and purposes of the commission. 443 2. Establishing and overseeing an organizational structure 444 within, and appropriate procedures for, the commission to 445 provide for the creation of uniform standards and other rules, 446 receipt and review of product filings, administrative and 447 technical support functions, review of decisions regarding the 448 disapproval of a product filing, and the review of elections 449 made by a compacting state to opt out of a uniform standard; 450 provided a uniform standard shall not be submitted to the 451 compacting states for adoption unless approved by two-thirds of 452 the members of the management committee. 453 3. Overseeing the offices of the commission. 454 4. Planning, implementing, and coordinating communications 455 and activities with other state, federal, and local government 456 organizations in order to advance the goals of the commission. 457 (c) The commission shall elect annually officers from the 458 management committee, with each having such authority and duties 459 as may be specified in the bylaws. 460 (d) The management committee may, subject to the approval 461 of the commission, appoint or retain an executive director for 462 such period, upon such terms and conditions, and for such 463 compensation as the commission may deem appropriate. The 464 executive director shall serve as secretary to the commission 465 but shall not be a member of the commission. The executive 466 director shall hire and supervise such other staff as may be 467 authorized by the commission. 468 (3) Legislative and advisory committees.— 469 (a) A legislative committee comprised of state legislators 470 or their designees shall be established to monitor the 471 operations of and make recommendations to the commission, 472 including the management committee; provided the manner of 473 selection and term of any legislative committee member shall be 474 as set forth in the bylaws. Prior to the adoption by the 475 commission of any uniform standard, revision to the bylaws, 476 annual budget, or other significant matter as may be provided in 477 the bylaws, the management committee shall consult with and 478 report to the legislative committee. 479 (b) The commission shall establish two advisory committees, 480 one comprising consumer representatives independent of the 481 insurance industry and the other comprising insurance industry 482 representatives. 483 (c) The commission may establish additional advisory 484 committees as the bylaws may provide for the carrying out of 485 commission functions. 486 (4) Corporate records of the commission.—The commission 487 shall maintain its corporate books and records in accordance 488 with the bylaws. 489 (5) Qualified immunity, defense and indemnification.— 490 (a) The members, officers, executive director, employees, 491 and representatives of the commission shall be immune from suit 492 and liability, either personally or in their official capacity, 493 for any claim for damage to or loss of property or personal 494 injury or other civil liability caused by or arising out of any 495 actual or alleged act, error, or omission that occurred, or that 496 the person against whom the claim is made had a reasonable basis 497 for believing occurred within the scope of commission 498 employment, duties, or responsibilities; provided nothing in 499 this paragraph shall be construed to protect any such person 500 from suit or liability for any damage, loss, injury, or 501 liability caused by the intentional or willful and wanton 502 misconduct of that person. 503 (b) The commission shall defend any member, officer, 504 executive director, employee, or representative of the 505 commission in any civil action seeking to impose liability 506 arising out of any actual or alleged act, error, or omission 507 that occurred within the scope of commission employment, duties, 508 or responsibilities, or that the person against whom the claim 509 is made had a reasonable basis for believing occurred within the 510 scope of commission employment, duties, or responsibilities; 511 provided nothing in this article shall be construed to prohibit 512 that person from retaining his or her own counsel and the actual 513 or alleged act, error, or omission did not result from that 514 person’s intentional or willful and wanton misconduct. 515 (c) The commission shall indemnify and hold harmless any 516 member, officer, executive director, employee, or representative 517 of the commission for the amount of any settlement or judgment 518 obtained against that person arising out of any actual or 519 alleged act, error, or omission that occurred within the scope 520 of commission employment, duties, or responsibilities, or that 521 such person had a reasonable basis for believing occurred within 522 the scope of commission employment, duties, or responsibilities; 523 provided the actual or alleged act, error, or omission did not 524 result from the intentional or willful and wanton misconduct of 525 that person. 526 527 Article VI 528 529 MEETINGS; ACTS.— 530 (1) The commission shall meet and take such actions as are 531 consistent with the provisions of this compact and the bylaws. 532 (2) Each member of the commission shall have the right and 533 power to cast a vote to which that compacting state is entitled 534 and to participate in the business and affairs of the 535 commission. A member shall vote in person or by such other means 536 as provided in the bylaws. The bylaws may provide for members’ 537 participation in meetings by telephone or other means of 538 communication. 539 (3) The commission shall meet at least once during each 540 calendar year. Additional meetings shall be held as set forth in 541 the bylaws. 542 543 Article VII 544 545 RULES AND OPERATING PROCEDURES; RULEMAKING FUNCTIONS OF THE 546 COMMISSION; OPTING OUT OF UNIFORM STANDARDS.— 547 (1) Rulemaking authority.—The commission shall adopt 548 reasonable rules, including uniform standards, and operating 549 procedures in order to effectively and efficiently achieve the 550 purposes of this compact. Notwithstanding such requirement, if 551 the commission exercises its rulemaking authority in a manner 552 that is beyond the scope of the purposes of this compact or the 553 powers granted under this compact, such action by the commission 554 shall be invalid and have no force and effect. 555 (2) Rulemaking procedure.—Rules and operating procedures 556 shall be made pursuant to a rulemaking process that conforms to 557 the Model State Administrative Procedure Act of 1981, as 558 amended, as may be appropriate to the operations of the 559 commission. Before the commission adopts a uniform standard, the 560 commission shall give written notice to the relevant state 561 legislative committees in each compacting state responsible for 562 insurance issues of its intention to adopt the uniform standard. 563 The commission in adopting a uniform standard shall consider 564 fully all submitted materials and issue a concise explanation of 565 its decision. 566 (3) Effective date and opt out of a uniform standard.—A 567 uniform standard shall become effective 90 days after its 568 adoption by the commission or such later date as the commission 569 may determine; provided a compacting state may opt out of a 570 uniform standard as provided in this article. The term “opt out” 571 means any action by a compacting state to decline to adopt or 572 participate in an adopted uniform standard. All other rules and 573 operating procedures, and amendments thereto, shall become 574 effective as of the date specified in each rule, operating 575 procedure, or amendment. 576 (4) Opt out procedure.— 577 (a) A compacting state may opt out of a uniform standard by 578 legislation or regulation adopted by the Office of Insurance 579 Regulation of the Financial Services Commission under such 580 state’s Administrative Procedure Act. For purposes of this 581 compact and this state, the Office of Insurance Regulation of 582 the Department of Financial Services constitutes this state’s 583 agency for purposes of this subsection. If a compacting state 584 elects to opt out of a uniform standard by regulation, such 585 state must: 586 1. Give written notice to the commission no later than 10 587 business days after the uniform standard is adopted, or at the 588 time the state becomes a compacting state. 589 2. Find that the uniform standard does not provide 590 reasonable protections to the citizens of the state, given the 591 conditions in the state. 592 (b) The commissioner shall make specific findings of fact 593 and conclusions of law, based on a preponderance of the 594 evidence, detailing the conditions in the state which warrant a 595 departure from the uniform standard and determining that the 596 uniform standard would not reasonably protect the citizens of 597 the state. The commissioner must consider and balance the 598 following factors and find that the conditions in the state and 599 needs of the citizens of the state outweigh: 600 1. The intent of the Legislature to participate in, and the 601 benefits of, an interstate agreement to establish national 602 uniform consumer protections for the products subject to this 603 compact. 604 2. The presumption that a uniform standard adopted by the 605 commission provides reasonable protections to consumers of the 606 relevant product. 607 608 Notwithstanding this subsection, a compacting state may, at the 609 time of its enactment of this compact, prospectively opt out of 610 all uniform standards involving long-term care insurance 611 products by expressly providing for such opt out in the enacted 612 compact, and such an opt out shall not be treated as a material 613 variance in the offer or acceptance of any state to participate 614 in this compact. Such an opt out shall be effective at the time 615 of enactment of this compact by the compacting state and shall 616 apply to all existing uniform standards involving long-term care 617 insurance products and those subsequently adopted. 618 (5) Effect of opting out.—If a compacting state elects to 619 opt out of a uniform standard, the uniform standard shall remain 620 applicable in the compacting state electing to opt out until 621 such time the opt out legislation is enacted into law or the 622 regulation opting out becomes effective. Once the opt out of a 623 uniform standard by a compacting state becomes effective as 624 provided under the laws of that state, the uniform standard 625 shall have no further force and effect in that state unless and 626 until the legislation or regulation implementing the opt out is 627 repealed or otherwise becomes ineffective under the laws of the 628 state. If a compacting state opts out of a uniform standard 629 after the uniform standard has been made effective in that 630 state, the opt out shall have the same prospective effect as 631 provided under Article XIV for withdrawals. 632 (6) Stay of uniform standard.—If a compacting state has 633 formally initiated the process of opting out of a uniform 634 standard by regulation, and while the regulatory opt out is 635 pending, the compacting state may petition the commission, at 636 least 15 days before the effective date of the uniform standard, 637 to stay the effectiveness of the uniform standard in that state. 638 The commission may grant a stay if the commission determines the 639 regulatory opt out is being pursued in a reasonable manner and 640 there is a likelihood of success. If a stay is granted or 641 extended by the commission, the stay or extension thereof may 642 postpone the effective date by up to 90 days, unless 643 affirmatively extended by the commission; provided a stay may 644 not be permitted to remain in effect for more than 1 year unless 645 the compacting state can show extraordinary circumstances which 646 warrant a continuance of the stay, including, but not limited 647 to, the existence of a legal challenge which prevents the 648 compacting state from opting out. A stay may be terminated by 649 the commission upon notice that the rulemaking process has been 650 terminated. 651 (7) Judicial review.—Not later than 30 days after a rule or 652 operating procedure is adopted, any person may file a petition 653 for judicial review of the rule or operating procedure; provided 654 the filing of such a petition shall not stay or otherwise 655 prevent the rule or operating procedure from becoming effective 656 unless the court finds that the petitioner has a substantial 657 likelihood of success. The court shall give deference to the 658 actions of the commission consistent with applicable law and 659 shall not find the rule or operating procedure to be unlawful if 660 the rule or operating procedure represents a reasonable exercise 661 of the commission’s authority. 662 663 Article VIII 664 665 COMMISSION RECORDS AND ENFORCEMENT.— 666 (1) The commission shall adopt rules establishing 667 conditions and procedures for public inspection and copying of 668 its information and official records, except such information 669 and records involving the privacy of individuals and insurers’ 670 trade secrets. The commission may adopt additional rules under 671 which the commission may make available to federal and state 672 agencies, including law enforcement agencies, records and 673 information otherwise exempt from disclosure and may enter into 674 agreements with such agencies to receive or exchange information 675 or records subject to nondisclosure and confidentiality 676 provisions. 677 (2) Except as to privileged records, data, and information, 678 the laws of any compacting state pertaining to confidentiality 679 or nondisclosure shall not relieve any compacting state 680 commissioner of the duty to disclose any relevant records, data, 681 or information to the commission; provided disclosure to the 682 commission shall not be deemed to waive or otherwise affect any 683 confidentiality requirement; and further provided, except as 684 otherwise expressly provided in this compact, the commission 685 shall not be subject to the compacting state’s laws pertaining 686 to confidentiality and nondisclosure with respect to records, 687 data, and information in its possession. Confidential 688 information of the commission shall remain confidential after 689 such information is provided to any commissioner; however, all 690 requests from the public to inspect or copy records, data, or 691 information of the commission received by and in the possession 692 of the Office of Insurance Regulation shall be subject to 693 chapter 119, Florida Statutes. 694 (3) The commission shall monitor compacting states for 695 compliance with duly adopted bylaws, rules, uniform standards, 696 and operating procedures. The commission shall notify any 697 noncomplying compacting state in writing of its noncompliance 698 with commission bylaws, rules, or operating procedures. If a 699 noncomplying compacting state fails to remedy its noncompliance 700 within the time specified in the notice of noncompliance, the 701 compacting state shall be deemed to be in default as set forth 702 in Article XIV. 703 (4) The commissioner of any state in which an insurer is 704 authorized to do business or is conducting the business of 705 insurance shall continue to exercise his or her authority to 706 oversee the market regulation of the activities of the insurer 707 in accordance with the provisions of the state’s law. The 708 commissioner’s enforcement of compliance with the compact is 709 governed by the following provisions: 710 (a) With respect to the commissioner’s market regulation of 711 a product or advertisement that is approved or certified to the 712 commission, the content of the product or advertisement shall 713 not constitute a violation of the provisions, standards, or 714 requirements of the compact except upon a final order of the 715 commission, issued at the request of a commissioner after prior 716 notice to the insurer and an opportunity for hearing before the 717 commission. 718 (b) Before a commissioner may bring an action for violation 719 of any provision, standard, or requirement of the compact 720 relating to the content of an advertisement not approved or 721 certified to the commission, the commission, or an authorized 722 commission officer or employee, must authorize the action. 723 However, authorization pursuant to this paragraph does not 724 require notice to the insurer, opportunity for hearing, or 725 disclosure of requests for authorization or records of the 726 commission’s action on such requests. 727 728 Article IX 729 730 DISPUTE RESOLUTION.—The commission shall attempt, upon the 731 request of a member, to resolve any disputes or other issues 732 that are subject to this compact and which may arise between two 733 or more compacting states, or between compacting states and 734 noncompacting states, and the commission shall adopt an 735 operating procedure providing for resolution of such disputes. 736 737 Article X 738 739 PRODUCT FILING AND APPROVAL.— 740 (1) Insurers and third-party filers seeking to have a 741 product approved by the commission shall file the product with 742 and pay applicable filing fees to the commission. Nothing in 743 this compact shall be construed to restrict or otherwise prevent 744 an insurer from filing its product with the insurance department 745 in any state in which the insurer is licensed to conduct the 746 business of insurance and such filing shall be subject to the 747 laws of the states where filed. 748 (2) The commission shall establish appropriate filing and 749 review processes and procedures pursuant to commission rules and 750 operating procedures. Notwithstanding any provision of this 751 article, the commission shall adopt rules to establish 752 conditions and procedures under which the commission will 753 provide public access to product filing information. In 754 establishing such rules, the commission shall consider the 755 interests of the public in having access to such information, as 756 well as protection of personal medical and financial information 757 and trade secrets, that may be contained in a product filing or 758 supporting information. 759 (3) Any product approved by the commission may be sold or 760 otherwise issued in those compacting states for which the 761 insurer is legally authorized to do business. 762 763 Article XI 764 765 REVIEW OF COMMISSION DECISIONS REGARDING FILINGS.— 766 (1) Not later than 30 days after the commission has given 767 notice of a disapproved product or advertisement filed with the 768 commission, the insurer or third-party filer whose filing was 769 disapproved may appeal the determination to a review panel 770 appointed by the commission. The commission shall adopt rules to 771 establish procedures for appointing such review panels and 772 provide for notice and hearing. An allegation that the 773 commission, in disapproving a product or advertisement filed 774 with the commission, acted arbitrarily, capriciously, or in a 775 manner that is an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in 776 accordance with the law, is subject to judicial review in 777 accordance with subsection (4) of Article III. 778 (2) The commission shall have authority to monitor, review, 779 and reconsider products and advertisement subsequent to their 780 filing or approval upon a finding that the product does not meet 781 the relevant uniform standard. Where appropriate, the commission 782 may withdraw or modify its approval after proper notice and 783 hearing, subject to the appeal process in subsection (1). 784 785 Article XII 786 787 FINANCE.— 788 (1) The commission shall pay or provide for the payment of 789 the reasonable expenses of the commission’s establishment and 790 organization. To fund the cost of the commission’s initial 791 operations, the commission may accept contributions and other 792 forms of funding from the National Association of Insurance 793 Commissioners, compacting states, and other sources. 794 Contributions and other forms of funding from other sources 795 shall be of such a nature that the independence of the 796 commission concerning the performance of commission duties shall 797 not be compromised. 798 (2) The commission shall collect a filing fee from each 799 insurer and third-party filer filing a product with the 800 commission to cover the cost of the operations and activities of 801 the commission and its staff in a total amount sufficient to 802 cover the commission’s annual budget. 803 (3) The commission’s budget for a fiscal year shall not be 804 approved until the budget has been subject to notice and comment 805 as set forth in Article VII. 806 (4) The commission shall be exempt from all taxation in and 807 by the compacting states. 808 (5) The commission shall not pledge the credit of any 809 compacting state, except by and with the appropriate legal 810 authority of that compacting state. 811 (6) The commission shall keep complete and accurate 812 accounts of all its internal receipts, including grants and 813 donations, and disbursements of all funds under its control. The 814 internal financial accounts of the commission shall be subject 815 to the accounting procedures established under its bylaws. The 816 financial accounts and reports including the system of internal 817 controls and procedures of the commission shall be audited 818 annually by an independent certified public accountant. Upon the 819 determination of the commission, but no less frequently than 820 every 3 years, the review of the independent auditor shall 821 include a management and performance audit of the commission. 822 The commission shall make an annual report to the Governor and 823 the presiding officers of the Legislature of the compacting 824 states, which shall include a report of the independent audit. 825 The commission’s internal accounts shall not be confidential and 826 such materials may be shared with the commissioner of any 827 compacting state upon request; provided any work papers related 828 to any internal or independent audit and any information 829 regarding the privacy of individuals and insurers’ proprietary 830 information, including trade secrets, shall remain confidential. 831 (7) No compacting state shall have any claim to or 832 ownership of any property held by or vested in the commission or 833 to any commission funds held pursuant to the provisions of this 834 compact. 835 836 Article XIII 837 838 COMPACTING STATES, EFFECTIVE DATE, AMENDMENT.— 839 (1) Any state is eligible to become a compacting state. 840 (2) The compact shall become effective and binding upon 841 legislative enactment of the compact into law by two compacting 842 states; provided the commission shall become effective for 843 purposes of adopting uniform standards for, reviewing, and 844 giving approval or disapproval of, products filed with the 845 commission that satisfy applicable uniform standards only after 846 26 states are compacting states or, alternatively, by states 847 representing greater than 40 percent of the premium volume for 848 life insurance, annuity, disability income, and long-term care 849 insurance products, based on records of the National Association 850 of Insurance Commissioners for the prior year. Thereafter, the 851 compact shall become effective and binding as to any other 852 compacting state upon enactment of the compact into law by that 853 state. 854 (3) Amendments to the compact may be proposed by the 855 commission for enactment by the compacting states. No amendment 856 shall become effective and binding upon the commission and the 857 compacting states unless and until all compacting states enact 858 the amendment into law. 859 860 Article XIV 861 862 WITHDRAWAL; DEFAULT; DISSOLUTION.— 863 (1) Withdrawal.— 864 (a) Once effective, the compact shall continue in force and 865 remain binding upon each and every compacting state; provided a 866 compacting state may withdraw from the compact by enacting a law 867 specifically repealing the law which enacted the compact into 868 law. 869 (b) The effective date of withdrawal is the effective date 870 of the repealing law. However, the withdrawal shall not apply to 871 any product filings approved or self-certified, or any 872 advertisement of such products, on the date the repealing law 873 becomes effective, except by mutual agreement of the commission 874 and the withdrawing state unless the approval is rescinded by 875 the withdrawing state as provided in paragraph (e). 876 (c) The commissioner of the withdrawing state shall 877 immediately notify the management committee in writing upon the 878 introduction of legislation repealing this compact in the 879 withdrawing state. 880 (d) The commission shall notify the other compacting states 881 of the introduction of such legislation within 10 days after the 882 commission’s receipt of notice of such legislation. 883 (e) The withdrawing state is responsible for all 884 obligations, duties, and liabilities incurred through the 885 effective date of withdrawal, including any obligations, the 886 performance of which extend beyond the effective date of 887 withdrawal, except to the extent those obligations may have been 888 released or relinquished by mutual agreement of the commission 889 and the withdrawing state. The commission’s approval of products 890 and advertisement prior to the effective date of withdrawal 891 shall continue to be effective and be given full force and 892 effect in the withdrawing state unless formally rescinded by the 893 withdrawing state in the same manner as provided by the laws of 894 the withdrawing state for the prospective disapproval of 895 products or advertisement previously approved under state law. 896 (f) Reinstatement following withdrawal of any compacting 897 state shall occur upon the effective date of the withdrawing 898 state reenacting the compact. 899 (2) Default.— 900 (a) If the commission determines that any compacting state 901 has at any time defaulted in the performance of any of its 902 obligations or responsibilities under this compact, the bylaws, 903 or duly adopted rules or operating procedures, after notice and 904 hearing as set forth in the bylaws, all rights, privileges, and 905 benefits conferred by this compact on the defaulting state shall 906 be suspended from the effective date of default as fixed by the 907 commission. The grounds for default include, but are not limited 908 to, failure of a compacting state to perform its obligations or 909 responsibilities, and any other grounds designated in commission 910 rules. The commission shall immediately notify the defaulting 911 state in writing of the defaulting state’s suspension pending a 912 cure of the default. The commission shall stipulate the 913 conditions and the time period within which the defaulting state 914 must cure its default. If the defaulting state fails to cure the 915 default within the time period specified by the commission, the 916 defaulting state shall be terminated from the compact and all 917 rights, privileges, and benefits conferred by this compact shall 918 be terminated from the effective date of termination. 919 (b) Product approvals by the commission or product self 920 certifications, or any advertisement in connection with such 921 product that are in force on the effective date of termination 922 shall remain in force in the defaulting state in the same manner 923 as if the defaulting state had withdrawn voluntarily pursuant to 924 subsection (1). 925 (c) Reinstatement following termination of any compacting 926 state requires a reenactment of the compact. 927 (3) Dissolution of compact.— 928 (a) The compact dissolves effective upon the date of the 929 withdrawal or default of the compacting state which reduces 930 membership in the compact to a single compacting state. 931 (b) Upon the dissolution of this compact, the compact 932 becomes null and void and shall be of no further force or effect 933 and the business and affairs of the commission shall be 934 concluded and any surplus funds shall be distributed in 935 accordance with the bylaws. 936 937 Article XV 938 939 SEVERABILITY; CONSTRUCTION.— 940 (1) The provisions of this compact are severable and if any 941 phrase, clause, sentence, or provision is deemed unenforceable, 942 the remaining provisions of the compact shall be enforceable. 943 (2) The provisions of this compact shall be liberally 944 construed to effectuate its purposes. 945 946 Article XVI 947 948 BINDING EFFECT OF COMPACT AND OTHER LAWS.— 949 (1) Binding effect of this compact.— 950 (a) All lawful actions of the commission, including all 951 rules and operating procedures adopted by the commission, are 952 binding upon the compacting states. 953 (b) All agreements between the commission and the 954 compacting states are binding in accordance with their terms. 955 (c) Upon the request of a party to a conflict over the 956 meaning or interpretation of commission actions, and upon a 957 majority vote of the compacting states, the commission may issue 958 advisory opinions regarding the meaning or interpretation in 959 dispute. 960 (d) If any provision of this compact exceeds the 961 constitutional limits imposed on the Legislature of any 962 compacting state, the obligations, duties, powers, or 963 jurisdiction sought to be conferred by that provision upon the 964 commission shall be ineffective as to that compacting state and 965 those obligations, duties, powers, or jurisdiction shall remain 966 in the compacting state and shall be exercised by the agency of 967 such state to which those obligations, duties, powers, or 968 jurisdiction are delegated by law in effect at the time this 969 compact becomes effective. 970 (2) Other laws.— 971 (a) Nothing in this compact prevents the enforcement of any 972 other law of a compacting state, except as provided in paragraph 973 (b). 974 (b) For any product approved or certified to the 975 commission, the rules, uniform standards, and any other 976 requirements of the commission shall constitute the exclusive 977 provisions applicable to the content, approval, and 978 certification of such products. For advertisement that is 979 subject to the commission’s authority, any rule, uniform 980 standard, or other requirement of the commission which governs 981 the content of the advertisement shall constitute the exclusive 982 provision that a commissioner may apply to the content of the 983 advertisement. Notwithstanding this paragraph, no action taken 984 by the commission shall abrogate or restrict: 985 1. The access of any person to state courts; 986 2. Remedies available under state law related to breach of 987 contract, tort, or other laws not specifically directed to the 988 content of the product; 989 3. State law relating to the construction of insurance 990 contracts; or 991 4. The authority of the attorney general of the state, 992 including, but not limited to, maintaining any actions or 993 proceedings, as authorized by law. 994 (c) All insurance products filed with individual states 995 shall be subject to the laws of those states. 996 Section 3. Pursuant to Article VII of the compact 997 authorized in this act, the State of Florida elects to 998 prospectively opt out of all uniform standards contained in the 999 compact involving long-term care insurance products, and such an 1000 opt out may not be treated as a material variance in the offer 1001 or acceptance of this state to participate in the compact. 1002 Section 4. The sum of $500,000 is appropriated to the 1003 Office of Insurance Regulation from the Insurance Regulatory 1004 Trust Fund to implement this act. 1005 Section 5. This act shall take effect October 1, 2012.