§27-44-8  Licensing of rating organizations. –

Link to law: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE27/27-44/27-44-8.HTM
Published: 2015

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TITLE 27

Insurance

CHAPTER 27-44

Casualty, Liability and Fire and Marine Insurance Rating

SECTION 27-44-8



   § 27-44-8  Licensing of rating

organizations. –

(a) License required. No rating organization shall provide any service

relating to the rates of any insurance subject to this chapter, and no insurer

shall utilize the services of the organization for these purposes unless the

organization has obtained a license under subsection (c) of this section.



   (b) Availability of services. No rating organization

shall refuse to supply any services for which it is licensed in this state to

any insurer authorized to do business in this state and offering to pay the

fair and usual compensation for the services.



   (c) Licensing.



   (1) Application. A rating organization applying for a

license shall include with its application:



   (i) A copy of its constitution, charter, articles of

organization, agreement, association, or incorporation, and a copy of its

bylaws, plan of operation, and any other rules or regulations governing the

conduct of its business;



   (ii) A list of its members and subscribers;



   (iii) The name and address of one or more residents of this

state upon whom notices, process affecting it, or orders of the director may be

served;



   (iv) A statement showing its technical qualifications for

acting in the capacity for which it seeks a license; and



   (v) Any other relevant information and documents that the

director may require;



   (2) Change of circumstances. Every organization that

has applied for a license shall notify the director of every material change in

the facts or in the documents on which its application was based. Any amendment

to a document filed under this section shall be filed with the director not

less than thirty (30) days after it becomes effective;



   (3) Granting of license; fee. If the director finds

that the applicant and the natural persons through whom it acts are competent,

trustworthy, and technically qualified to provide the services proposed, and

that all requirements of the law are met, he or she shall issue a license

specifying the authorized activity of the applicant. The fee for the license

shall be three hundred dollars ($300). The director shall not issue a license

if the proposed activity would tend to create a monopoly or to substantially

lessen the competition in any market;



   (4) Duration. Licenses issued pursuant to this section

shall remain in effect for three (3) years unless sooner suspended or revoked.

All in force licenses shall be transitioned into a three (3) year licensing

cycle beginning June 1, 2006, to expire every three (3) years thereafter.

License fees may be prorated for the initial renewal period as deemed

appropriate by the director. The director may, at any time, after a hearing,

revoke or suspend the license of a rating organization that does not comply

with the requirements and standards of this chapter.



History of Section.

(P.L. 1988, ch. 635, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 122, § 13; P.L. 2005, ch.

174, § 6.)