WSR 08-01-075

EXPEDITED RULES

OFFICE OF

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

[ Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 2007-16 -- Filed December 17, 2007, 7:25 a.m. ]

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Amendment of WAC 284-17-220 and 284-17-222, these amendments will eliminate the continuing education requirement for agents and solicitors licensed to sell "vehicle insurance" only by repealing the second paragraph of WAC 284-17-220 and add "vehicle insurance" to the list of exemptions to the continuing education requirements in WAC 284-17-222.

NOTICE

THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THIS USE OF THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Kacy Scott, Insurance Commissioner, P.O. Box 40258-0258, Olympia, WA 98504-0258, e-mail kacys@oic.wa.gov , AND RECEIVED BY February 20, 2008.


Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Eliminates the continuing education requirement for agents and solicitors licensed to "sell vehicle insurance" by amending WAC 284-17-220 to delete the second paragraph and add "vehicle insurance" to the list of exemptions to the continuing education requirements in WAC 284-17-222.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: On July 1, 2009, chapter 117, Laws of 2007 (codified at chapter 48.17 RCW) the "vehicle insurance" line of authority for producers will no longer be permitted as a producer license category. Since the OIC computer system is in the midst of being replaced (and changes must be made prior to that date) and because only a few licensees have been issued this type of license, the continuing education requirement for holders of "vehicle insurance" will no longer be required effective January 1, 2008.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 48.02.060, 48.17.150.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 48.17.150.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Mike Kreidler, Insurance Commissioner, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Georgia Cooper, P.O. Box 40255 [40258], Olympia, WA 98504-0258, (360) 725-7064; Implementation: John Hamje, P.O. Box 40255, Olympia, WA 98504-0255, (360) 725-7262; and Enforcement: Carol Sureau, P.O. Box 40255, Olympia, WA 98504-0255, (360) 725-7050.

December 17, 2007

Mike Kreidler

Insurance Commissioner

OTS-1247.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Matter No. R 2006-07, filed 11/16/06, effective 12/17/06)

WAC 284-17-220   Who is required to meet continuing education (CE) requirements?   All individual resident agents, brokers and solicitors licensed to sell life, disability, property and casualty lines of insurance must meet the continuing education requirement.

((Individual agents and solicitors licensed to sell vehicle insurance must meet the continuing education requirement beginning with January 1, 2008, renewals.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 and 48.17.150. 06-23-105 (Matter No. R 2006-07), 284-17-220, filed 11/16/06, effective 12/17/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060, 48.17.150, 48.17.563, 48.85.040. 05-07-091 (Matter No. R 2004-04), 284-17-220, filed 3/17/05, effective 4/17/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 and 48.17.150. 98-11-090 (Matter No. R 98-9), 284-17-220, filed 5/20/98, effective 6/20/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060, 48.17.150 and 48.85.030. 97-19-007, 284-17-220, filed 9/4/97, effective 10/5/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060, 48.17.150, 48.20.450, 48.85.030 and 48.85.040. 96-17-029 (Matter No. R 95-16), 284-17-220, filed 8/13/96, effective 9/13/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.01.030, 48.02.060(3), 48.14.010, 48.17.150(2), 48.17.160 (1)(5) and 48.17.500(3). 94-14-033 (Order R 94-14), 284-17-220, filed 6/28/94, effective 7/29/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060. 89-19-037 (Order R 89-10), 284-17-220, filed 9/15/89, effective 10/16/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 and 48.17.150. 81-18-049 (Order R 81-5), 284-17-220, filed 8/31/81. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.17.150 as amended by 1979 ex.s. c 269 7,10. 80-04-042 (Order R 80-3), 284-17-220, filed 3/20/80.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Matter No. R 2004-04, filed 3/17/05, effective 4/17/05)

WAC 284-17-222   Who is exempt from the continuing education requirements?   All individual resident agents licensed under chapter 48.17 RCW to sell credit life and disability, credit casualty, travel, ((and)) surety lines of insurance, and vehicle insurance are exempt from the continuing education requirement. Resident adjusters are exempt from the continuing education requirement.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060, 48.17.150, 48.17.563, 48.85.040. 05-07-091 (Matter No. R 2004-04), 284-17-222, filed 3/17/05, effective 4/17/05.]

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