§ 27-71-14. Additional duties of the commissioner.
(a) At least once per year, or more frequently if deemed necessary, the commissioner shall make available in an appropriate manner to insurers and other entities subject to the scope of this chapter information on new laws and regulations, and other information the commissioner deems pertinent to ensure compliance with market conduct requirements. The failure of the commissioner to provide information shall not be a defense for an insurer that fails to comply with any insurance laws of this state.
(b) Insurers who wish to receive the information indicated in (a) above shall provide to the commissioner, in a form specified by the commissioner, contact information. The insurer is responsible for keeping that contact information up to date and informing the commissioner of any changes.
(c) The commissioner shall designate a specific person or persons whose responsibilities shall include the receipt of information from employees of insurers and licensed entities concerning violations of laws, rules or regulations by employers, as defined in this section. Such person or persons shall be provided with proper training on the handling of such information, which shall be deemed a confidential communication for the purposes of this section.
(d) For any change made by the commissioner to procedures, guidelines, handbooks or other work products of the NAIC referenced in this chapter, which materially changes the way in which market analysis, market conducted actions, or market conduct examinations are conducted, the commissioner shall give notice and provide parties with an opportunity for a public hearing pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, chapter 42-35.
(P.L. 2008, ch. 72, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 233, § 1.)