Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 10-17-112.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Crop adjusters.
Hearing Location(s): Insurance Commissioner's Office, TR 120, 5000 Capitol Boulevard, Tumwater, WA 98504-02555 [98504-0255], on January 5, 2011, at 1:30 p.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: January 6, 2011.
Submit Written Comments to: Jim Tompkins, P.O. Box 40258, Olympia, WA 98504-0258, e-mail email@example.com, fax (360) 586-3109, by January 4, 2011.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Lorrie Villaflores by January 4, 2011, TTY (360) 586-0241 or (360) 725-7087.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Chapter 67, Laws of 2010, provides for the separate licensing of crop adjusters and for the commissioner to adopt rules regarding the prelicensing education, examination, continuing education requirements, and renewal of the license. The proposed rules will set forth these educational, examination, and licensing requirements.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The United States Department of Agriculture has indicated that if states did not enact statutes and adopt rules requiring crop adjuster licensing and compliance with their requirements that the department would preempt state regulation of crop adjusters. These rules are being proposed to be adopted to require crop adjusters to comply with the education, examination, and continuing education requirements of the risk management agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 48.02.060, 48.17.005, and sections 4 and 5, chapter 67, Laws of 2010.
Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 67, Laws of 2010.
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: Jim Tompkins, P.O. Box 40528 , Olympia, WA 98504-0258, (360) 725-7036; Implementation and Enforcement: Jeff Baughman, P.O. Box 40257, Olympia, WA 98504-0257, (360) 725-7156.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This proposed rule essentially establish[es] two classes of crop adjusters: (A) Those that are certified to adjust crop losses insured under a federal program ("federally qualified"); and (B) those qualified only to adjust crop losses not insured under a federal program ("state qualified"). The proposed rule does not impose new testing requirements, but just reiterates the requirement in state statute that crop adjusters must pass a written examination unless otherwise specifically exempted under the law. The proposed rule does allow those who have met the requirements of the federal program (they are "federally qualified") to submit documentation of their federal certification in lieu of taking a state examination.
Therefore, the only additional requirement imposed by the proposed rule is that "federally qualified" crop adjusters must submit documentation to the commissioner to verify that they have passed the federal certification.
From a cost perspective, this proposed rule therefore affects only "federally qualified" crop adjusters and authorized insurers or licensed managing general agents who are having salaried employees act in [on] their behalf as "federally qualified" crop adjusters.
The costs of these filings and the extra copies that will accompany them is projected to be quite small, easily less than $10 annually for each employee on the list in terms of paper and postage cost and less than $30 annually per employee on the list even when clerical labor is considered. The projected annual cost of compliance per business is well within the definition of "minor costs" contained in the law.
A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Jim Tompkins, P.O. Box 40258, Olympia, WA 98504-0258, phone (360) 725-7036, fax (360) 586-3109, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 1, 2010
WAC 284-17-700 Definitions. As used in WAC 284-17-705 through 284-17-730, the terms below have the following meaning unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
"Certification program" means any crop adjuster educational and examination program meeting the federal Risk Management Agency requirements.
"Crop adjuster" has the meaning set forth in RCW 48.17.010 (1)(c).
"Risk Management Agency" or "RMA" means the Risk Management Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.
(2) An applicant for a crop adjuster's license to adjust crop losses that are not insured through a federal crop insurance program:
(a) Is not required to complete a prelicensing education course;
(b) Must pass the state's crop adjuster licensing exam; and
(c) Must not adjust crop insurance losses that are insured through a federal crop insurance program.
(2) Every licensed crop adjuster adjusting crop losses not insured through a federal crop insurance program:
(a) Must renew their license on or before the expiration of the license; and
(b) Are not required to take continuing education.
(3) Crop adjusters who do not renew their license prior to the expiration date must pay the surcharge under RCW 48.17.170.
(2) Each insurance company and its managing general agents must file with the commissioner any changes to the list within thirty days of a change. If the change includes the addition of a new crop adjuster to the list, the insurance company and managing general agent must also file a copy of the documentation establishing the crop adjuster's completion of the certification program.