WSR 98-04-063

PERMANENT RULES

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE

[Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 97-6--Filed February 2, 1998, 11:26 a.m.]

Date of Adoption: February 2, 1998.

Purpose: Establish and clarify the application of the Electronic Authentication Act (chapter 19.34 RCW) to the insurance code and regulations.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 48.02.060.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 98-01-118 on December 18, 1997.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

February 2, 1998

Greg J. Scully

Chief Deputy Commissioner

NEW SECTION

WAC 284-01-050 Provisions relating to electronic authentication. (1) The term "deliver" as used in Title 48 RCW and Title 284 WAC includes delivery by message, as "message" is defined in RCW 19.34.020. Where any provision in Title 48 RCW or Title 284 WAC requires that a writing be given or mailed to someone or left with someone or the like, the requirement is satisfied by delivery of a message, as "message" is defined in RCW 19.34.020.

(2) Where any provision in Title 48 RCW or Title 284 WAC requires that something be "written," or otherwise requires a writing, that requirement is met by anything that is a "writing" within the meaning of RCW 19.34.320.

(3) Where any provision in Title 48 RCW or Title 284 WAC requires that something be "signed," or otherwise requires a signature, that requirement is met by anything that is deemed "signed" under RCW 19.34.300.

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