WSR 08-09-136

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

OFFICE OF

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

[ Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 2008-13 -- Filed April 23, 2008, 8:28 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage on automobile liability insurance policies.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 48.02.060, 48.22.105.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: RCW 48.22.085 through 48.22.100 provide for the mandatory offering of personal injury protection (PIP) with the issuance of automobile liability insurance policies. Even though these statutes have been in effect for many years there is still some confusion on behalf of insurers as to how this is to be accomplished. These rules are intended to clarify this confusion and assist insurers in issuing PIP coverage with automobile insurance policies.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Submit written comments by May 30, 2008, to Kacy Scott, P.O. Box 40258, Olympia, WA 98504-0258, e-mail Kacys@oic.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-3109.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kacy Scott, P.O. Box 40258, Olympia, WA 98504-0258, e-mail Kacys@oic.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-3109.

April 23, 2008

Mike Kreidler

Insurance Commissioner

Washington State Code Reviser's Office