48.31B.020  <<  48.31B.025 >>   48.31B.030

RCW 48.31B.025

Registration with commissioner — Information required — Rule making — Disclaimer of affiliation — Failure to file.

(1) Every insurer authorized to do business in this state that is a member of an insurance holding company system shall register with the commissioner, except a foreign insurer subject to registration requirements and standards adopted by statute or regulation in the jurisdiction of its domicile that are substantially similar to those contained in:

     (a) This section;

     (b) RCW 48.31B.030 (1)(a), (2), and (3); and

     (c) Either RCW 48.31B.030(1)(b) or a provision such as the following: Each registered insurer shall keep current the information required to be disclosed in its registration statement by reporting all material changes or additions within fifteen days after the end of the month in which it learns of each change or addition.

     An insurer subject to registration under this section shall register within fifteen days after it becomes subject to registration, and annually thereafter by May 15th of each year for the previous calendar year, unless the commissioner for good cause shown extends the time for registration, and then within the extended time. The commissioner may require an insurer authorized to do business in the state that is a member of a holding company system, but that is not subject to registration under this section, to furnish a copy of the registration statement, the summary specified in subsection (3) of this section, or other information filed by the insurance company with the insurance regulatory authority of its domiciliary jurisdiction.

     (2) An insurer subject to registration shall file the registration statement on a form prescribed by the commissioner, containing the following current information:

     (a) The capital structure, general financial condition, ownership, and management of the insurer and any person controlling the insurer;

     (b) The identity and relationship of every member of the insurance holding company system;

     (c) The following agreements in force, and transactions currently outstanding or that have occurred during the last calendar year between the insurer and its affiliates:

     (i) Loans, other investments, or purchases, sales, or exchanges of securities of the affiliates by the insurer or of the insurer by its affiliates;

     (ii) Purchases, sales, or exchange of assets;

     (iii) Transactions not in the ordinary course of business;

     (iv) Guarantees or undertakings for the benefit of an affiliate that result in an actual contingent exposure of the insurer's assets to liability, other than insurance contracts entered into in the ordinary course of the insurer's business;

     (v) All management agreements, service contracts, and cost-sharing arrangements;

     (vi) Reinsurance agreements;

     (vii) Dividends and other distributions to shareholders; and

     (viii) Consolidated tax allocation agreements;

     (d) Any pledge of the insurer's stock, including stock of subsidiary or controlling affiliate, for a loan made to a member of the insurance holding company system;

     (e) Other matters concerning transactions between registered insurers and affiliates as may be included from time to time in registration forms adopted or approved by the commissioner.

     (3) Registration statements must contain a summary outlining all items in the current registration statement representing changes from the prior registration statement.

     (4) No information need be disclosed on the registration statement filed under subsection (2) of this section if the information is not material for the purposes of this section. Unless the commissioner by rule or order provides otherwise, sales, purchases, exchanges, loans or extensions of credit, investments, or guarantees involving one-half of one percent or less of an insurer's admitted assets as of the 31st day of the previous December are not material for purposes of this section.

     (5)(a) Subject to RCW 48.31B.030(2), each registered insurer shall report to the commissioner all dividends and other distributions to shareholders within five business days after their declaration and at least fifteen business days before payment, and shall provide the commissioner such other information as may be required by rule.

     (b) If the commissioner determines that a registered insurer's surplus as regards policyholders is not reasonable in relation to the insurer's outstanding liabilities and adequate to its financial needs, the commissioner may order the registered insurance company to limit or discontinue the payment of stockholder dividends until such time as the surplus is adequate.

     (6) A person within an insurance holding company system subject to registration shall provide complete and accurate information to an insurer, where the information is reasonably necessary to enable the insurer to comply with this chapter.

     (7) The commissioner shall terminate the registration of an insurer that demonstrates that it no longer is a member of an insurance holding company system.

     (8) The commissioner may require or allow two or more affiliated insurers subject to registration under this section to file a consolidated registration statement.

     (9) The commissioner may allow an insurer authorized to do business in this state and part of an insurance holding company system to register on behalf of an affiliated insurer that is required to register under subsection (1) of this section and to file all information and material required to be filed under this section.

     (10) This section does not apply to an insurer, information, or transaction if and to the extent that the commissioner by rule or order exempts the insurer, information, or transaction from this section.

     (11) A person may file with the commissioner a disclaimer of affiliation with an authorized insurer, or an insurer or a member of an insurance holding company system may file the disclaimer. The person making such a filing with the commissioner shall at the same time deliver a complete copy of the filing to each domestic insurer which is the subject of such filing. The disclaimer must fully disclose all material relationships and bases for affiliation between the person and the insurer as well as the basis for disclaiming the affiliation. After a disclaimer has been filed, the insurer is relieved of any duty to register or report under this section that may arise out of the insurer's relationship with the person unless and until the commissioner disallows the disclaimer. The commissioner shall disallow the disclaimer only after furnishing all parties in interest with notice and opportunity to be heard and after making specific findings of fact to support the disallowance.

     (12) Failure to file a registration statement or a summary of the registration statement required by this section within the time specified for the filing is a violation of this section.

[2000 c 214 § 1; 1993 c 462 § 6.]