17:46B-46. Title insurance 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 for license as a rating organization for title insurance companies, and shall file therewith:
(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 process affecting such rating organization may be served; and
(4) A statement of its qualifications as a title insurance rating organization.
If the commissioner finds that the applicant is competent, trustworthy and otherwise qualified to act as a rating organization, 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, he shall issue a license authorizing the applicant to act as a rating organization for title insurance. Licenses issued pursuant to this section shall remain in effect for 3 years unless sooner suspended or revoked by the commissioner or withdrawn by the licensee. The fee for said license shall be $1,500.00. Licenses issued pursuant to this section may be suspended or revoked by the commissioner, after hearing upon notice, in the event the rating organization ceases to meet the requirement of this subsection. Every rating organization shall notify the commissioner promptly of every change in:
(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 as reasonable, each title insurance rating organization shall permit any title insurance company not a member to be a subscriber to its rating services. Notices of proposed changes in such rules and regulations shall be given to subscribers. Each such 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 such rating organization to admit a title insurance company as a subscriber, shall at the request of any subscriber or any such title insurance company, be reviewed by the commissioner at a hearing held upon at least 10 days written notice to such rating organization and to such subscriber. If the commissioner finds that such rule or regulation is unreasonable in its application to subscribers, he shall order that such rule or regulation shall not be applicable to subscribers. If the rating organization fails to grant or reject an application of a title insurance company for subscribership within 30 days after it was made, the title insurance company may request a review by the commissioner as if the application had been rejected. If the commissioner finds that the title insurance company has been refused admittance to the title insurance rating organization as a subscriber without justification, he shall order said rating organization to admit the title insurance company as a subscriber. If he finds that the action of the title insurance rating organization was justified, he shall make an order affirming its action.
L.1975, c. 106, s. 45, eff. May 29, 1975.
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