17:46B-49. Rate administration; authority and duties of commissioner; rules and regulations
a. The commissioner shall promulgate reasonable rules and statistical plans, reasonably adapted to each of the rating systems on file with him, which may be modified from time to time, and which shall be used thereafter by each title insurance company, in the recording and reporting of the composition of its business, its loss and countrywide expense experience and those of its title insurance underwriters in order that the experience of all title insurance companies may be made available, at least annually, in such form and detail as may be necessary to aid him in determining whether rating systems comply with the standards set forth in this article. Such rules and plans may also provide for the recording of expense experience items which are specially applicable to this State and are not susceptible of determination by a prorating of countrywide expense experience. In promulgating such rules and plans, the commissioner shall give due consideration to the rating systems on file with him, and in order that such rules and plans may be as uniform as is practicable among the several states, to the rules and to the form of the plans used for such rating systems in other states. Such rules and plans shall not place an unreasonable burden of expense on any title insurance company. No title insurance company shall be required to record or report its expense and loss experience on a classification basis that is inconsistent with the rating system filed by it, nor shall any title insurance company be required to report its experience to any agency of which it is not a member or subscriber. The commissioner may designate one or more rating organizations or other agencies to assist him in gathering such experience and making compilations thereof, and such compilations shall be made available, subject to reasonable rules promulgated by the commissioner, to title insurance companies and rating organizations. The commissioner shall give preference in such designation to entities organized by and functioning on behalf of title insurance companies operating in this State. If the commissioner, in his judgment, determines that one or more of such organizations designated as statistical agent is unable or unwilling to perform its statistical functions according to reasonable requirements established from time to time by him, he may, after consultation with such statistical agent and upon 20 days notice to any affected companies, designate another person to act on his behalf in the gathering of statistical experience. The commissioner shall in such case establish the fee to be paid to such designated person by the affected companies in order to pay the total cost of gathering and compiling such experience. Agencies designated by the commissioner shall assist him in making compilations of the reported data and such compilations shall be made available, subject to reasonable rules and regulations promulgated by the commissioner, to insurers, rating organizations and any other interested parties.
b. Reasonable rules and plans may be promulgated by the commissioner for the interchange of data necessary for the application of rating plans.
c. In order to further uniform administration of rate regulatory laws, the commissioner and every title insurance company and rating organization may exchange information and experience data with insurance supervisory officials, title insurance companies and rating organizations in other states, and may consult with them with respect to rate making and the application of rating systems.
d. In addition to any powers hereinbefore expressly enumerated in this act, the commissioner shall have full power and authority, and it shall be his duty, to enforce and carry out by regulations, orders or otherwise, all and singular the provisions of this article and the full intent thereof. The commissioner may make such reasonable rules and regulations not inconsistent with this act, as may be necessary or proper in the exercise of his powers or for the performance of his duties under this article.
L.1975, c. 106, s. 48, eff. May 29, 1975.
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