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§1466.  Other rating organizations

A.  A corporation, an unincorporated association, a partnership, or an individual, whether located within or outside this state, may make application to the commissioner of insurance for license as a rating organization for such kinds of insurance, or subdivision, or class of risk, or a part or combination thereof as are specified in its application and shall file therewith the following: (1) a copy of its constitution, its articles of agreement or association, or its certificate of incorporation, and of its bylaws, rules, and regulations governing the conduct of its business; (2) a list of its members and subscribers; (3) the name and address of a resident of this state upon whom notices or orders of the commissioner or a division or process affecting such rating organization may be served; and (4) a statement of its qualifications as a rating organization.  If the commissioner finds that the applicant is competent, trustworthy, and otherwise qualified to act as a rating organization and that the public interest would be served by issuing a license to such organization, not otherwise licensed, for a kind or class of insurance subject to this Subpart, and that its constitution, articles of agreement or association, or certificate of incorporation, and its bylaws, rules, and regulations governing the conduct of its business conform to the requirements of law, the commissioner shall issue a license specifying the kinds of insurance, or subdivision, or class of risk, or part or combination thereof for which the applicant is authorized to act as a rating organization.  Every such application shall be granted or denied in whole or in part by the commissioner within sixty days of the date of its filing.  Licenses issued pursuant to this Section shall remain in effect for three years unless sooner suspended or revoked by the commissioner.  Licenses issued pursuant to this Section may be suspended or revoked by the commissioner in accordance and compliance with R.S. 49:961 in the event the rating organization ceases to meet the requirements of this Subsection.  Every rating organization shall notify the commissioner promptly of every change in the following:  (1) its constitution, its articles of agreement, or association, or its certificate of incorporation, and its bylaws, rules, and regulations governing the conduct of its business; (2) its list of members and subscribers; and (3) the name and address of the resident of this state designated by it upon whom notices or orders of the commissioner or process affecting such rating organization may be served.

B.  Subject to rules and regulations which have been approved by the commissioner of insurance as reasonable, each rating organization, including the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana, shall permit any insurer not a member to be a subscriber to its rating services for any kind of insurance, subdivision, or class of risk or a part or combination thereof for which it is authorized to act as a rating organization.  Notice of proposed changes in such rules and regulations shall be given to subscribers.  Each rating organization shall furnish its rating services without discrimination to its members and subscribers.  The reasonableness of any rule or regulation in its application to subscribers, or the refusal of any rating organization to admit an insurer as a subscriber, shall, at the request of any subscriber or any such insurer, be reviewed by the commissioner at a public hearing held upon at least ten days' written notice to such rating organization and to such subscriber or insurer.  If the commissioner finds that such rule or regulation is unreasonable in its application to subscribers, the commissioner shall order that such rule or regulation shall not be applicable to subscribers.  If the rating organization fails to grant or reject an insurer's application for subscribership within thirty days after it was made, the insurer may request a review by the commissioner as if the application had been rejected.  If the commissioner finds that the insurer has been refused admittance to the rating organization as a subscriber without justification, the commissioner shall order the rating organization to admit the insurer as a subscriber.  If the commissioner finds that the action of the rating organization was justified, it shall make an order affirming its action.

C.  No rating organization shall adopt any rule the effect of which would be to prohibit or regulate the payment of dividends, savings or unabsorbed premium deposits allowed or returned by insurers to their policyholders, members or subscribers.

D.  Cooperation among rating organizations or among rating organizations and insurers in ratemaking or in other matters within the scope of this Subpart is hereby authorized, provided the filings resulting from such cooperation are subject to all the provisions of this Subpart which are applicable to filing generally.  The commissioner of insurance may review such cooperative activities and practices and if, after a public hearing, it finds that any such activity or practice is unfair or unreasonable or otherwise inconsistent with the provisions of this Subpart, the commissioner shall issue a written order specifying in what respects such activity or practice is unfair or unreasonable or otherwise inconsistent with the provisions of this Subpart, and requiring the discontinuance of such activity or practice.

E.  Any rating organization may provide for the examination of policies, daily reports, binders, renewal certificates, endorsements, or other evidences of insurance, or the cancellation thereof, and may make reasonable rules governing their submission.  Such rules shall contain a provision that in the event any insurer does not within sixty days furnish satisfactory evidence to the rating organization of the correction of any error or omission previously called to its attention by the rating organization it shall be the duty of the rating organization to notify the commissioner of insurance.  No such notification shall be furnished to the commissioner if a public hearing will be required.  All information submitted for examination shall be confidential.

F.  Any rating organization may subscribe for or purchase actuarial, technical, or other services, and such services shall be available to all members and subscribers without discrimination.

G.(1)  Notwithstanding any contrary provision of this Title, a rating organization shall make informational filings only and shall not promulgate rates, except as otherwise provided in this Subsection, or as designated or authorized by the commissioner of insurance because of lack of credibility of data in the statistical base.  All such filings shall be subject to actuarial interpretation by the commissioner and shall in no case include specific rates.  Each insurer who is a subscriber to a rating organization shall file its rates individually.

(2)  The following associations shall be authorized to make filings, including rate filings, for their members:

(a)  The Property Insurance Association of Louisiana.

(b)  The Louisiana Automobile Insurance Plan.

(c)  The Louisiana Joint Reinsurance Association (FAIR plan).

(d)  The Louisiana Insurance Underwriting Association (Coastal plan).

(e)  The Louisiana Title Insurance Statistical Services Organization.

Acts 1958, No. 125.  Amended by Acts 1960, No. 296, §1; Acts 1986, No. 37, §1, eff. June 13, 1986; Acts 1988, No. 357, §1, eff. Sept. 1, 1988; Acts 2003, No. 456, §1; Acts 2006, No. 828, §1; Acts 2007, No. 459, §4, eff. Jan. 1, 2008; Redesignated from R.S. 22:1409 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; Acts 2009, No. 317, §1; Acts 2009, No. 317, §1; Acts 2010, No. 703, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2011.

NOTE:  Former R.S. 22:1466 redesignated as R.S. 22:1284 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009.



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