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§36101.Short title. Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes shall be known and may be cited as the Oklahoma Insurance Code. Amended by Laws 1983, c. 68, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1983.§36102."Insurance" defined. "Insurance" is a contract whereby one undertakes to indemnify another or to pay a specified amount upon determinable contingencies. Laws 1957, p. 215, § 102.§36103."Insurer" defined. A."Insurer" includes every person engaged in the business of making contracts of insurance or indemnity. B.A nonprofit hospital service and medical indemnity corporation is an insurer within the meaning of this Code. C.Burial associations shall be deemed not to be insurers. Laws 1957, p. 215, § 103.§36104."Person" defined. "Person" includes an individual, company, insurer, association, organization, society, reciprocal or interinsurance exchange, partnership, syndicate, business trust, corporation, Lloyd's association, and entity, and association, group or department of underwriters and any farmer’s educational and cooperative union. Added by Laws 1957, p. 216, § 104, operative July 1, 1957.Amended by Laws 2004, c. 16, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.§36105."Transacting" insurance. "Transact" with respect to insurance includes any of the following: 1.Solicitation and inducement. 2.Preliminary negotiations. 3.Effectuation of a contract of insurance. 4.Transaction of matters subsequent to effectuation of the contract and arising out of it. Laws 1957, p. 216, § 105.§36106."Insurance Commissioner" defined. A.When used with reference to administration of this Code, "Insurance Commissioner" or "Commissioner" means the Insurance Commissioner of the State of Oklahoma. Laws 1957, p. 216, § 106.§36-107."Board" defined. When used with reference to the administration of the Oklahoma Insurance Code, "State Insurance Board", "Insurance Board" or "Board" means the State Board for Property and Casualty Rates established by Section 331, Article 3, of this Code.For purposes of the laws of this state and the Oklahoma Insurance Code, the term “Board” or “any predecessor to the Board” shall have the same meaning as the term “Insurance Commissioner”. Added by Laws 1957, p. 216, § 107, operative July 1, 1957.Amended by Laws 1965, c. 60, § 1, eff. July 1, 1965; Laws 2006, c. 264, § 1, eff. July 1, 2006.§36-107.2.Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 125, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. §36108."Insurance Department" defined. Unless the context otherwise requires, "Insurance Department" or "Department" means the Insurance Department established by Section 301, Article 3 of this Code. Laws 1957, p. 216, § 108.§36109.Compliance required. No person shall transact a business of insurance in Oklahoma without complying with the applicable provisions of this Code. Laws 1957, p. 216, § 109.§36-110.Application as to particular types of insurers. No provision of the Oklahoma Insurance Code, Section 101 et seq. of this title, shall apply to: 1.Nonprofit hospital service and medical indemnity corporations, except as stated in Sections 601 et seq. and 2601 et seq. of this title; 2.Fraternal benefit societies, except as stated in Section 2701.1 et seq. of this title; 3.Farmers' mutual fire insurance associations, except as stated in Section 2801 et seq. of this title; 4.Mutual benefit associations, except as stated in Section 2401 et seq. of this title; 5.Domestic burial associations; 6.Any domestic association organized subject to the supervision or by the authority of any incorporated Grange Order of Patrons of Husbandry, when the association is formed exclusively for the mutual benefit of the members of such order.Effective January 1, 1982, The Oklahoma State Union of the Farmers' Educational and Cooperative Union of America shall comply with all provisions of the Oklahoma Insurance Code; 7.Trust companies organized pursuant to the provisions of Title 6 of the Oklahoma Statutes except that the title insurance and surety insurance business of such trust companies shall be subject to the Oklahoma Insurance Code; 8.Soliciting agents of mutual insurance corporations or associations, operating only in this state, that issue no stock or other form of security, do not operate for profit, and have none of their funds inure to the benefit of individuals except in the form of less expensive insurance and necessary expenses of operation, if provisions are made in the bylaws of the insurer for the election of any soliciting agents by a majority of the policyholders in the area where the soliciting agent solicits insurance; 9.The Mutual Aid Association of the Church of the Brethren or the Mutual Aid Association of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ; 10.Incorporated or unincorporated banking associations having been in existence for over fifteen (15) years and consisting of more than seventy-five (75) member banks within this state for issuance of blanket fidelity bonds for banks within this state for each bank's own use, or any nonprofit trust sponsored by such associations' member banks providing employee benefits such as life, health, accident, disability, pension and retirement benefits for banks, bank holding companies and subsidiaries thereof, the associations' employees and associate members; 11.A religious organization, or members of the organization, if the organization: a.is a nonprofit religious organization, b.is limited to participants who are members of the same religion, c.acts as an organizational clearinghouse for information between participants who have financial, physical or medical needs and participants with the present ability to pay for the benefit of those participants with present financial or medical needs.Nothing in this subparagraph shall prevent the organization from establishing qualifications of participation relating to the health of the prospective participant, nor shall it prevent the participants from limiting the financial or medical needs that may be eligible for payment among the participants, d.provides for the financial or medical needs of a participant through payments directly from one participant to another, and e.suggests amounts that participants may voluntarily give with no assumption of risk or promise to pay either among the participants or between the participants and the organization.Nothing in this subparagraph shall prevent the organization from cancelling the membership of a participant if the participant indicates unwillingness to participate by failing to make a payment to another participant for a period in excess of sixty (60) days; or 12.Charitable organizations that: a.are described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, b.issue qualified charitable gift annuity contracts, c.have a minimum of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) in unrestricted assets that are exclusive of the assets comprising its qualified charitable gift annuities, and d.have been in continuous operation for at least three (3) years or are successors or affiliates of a charitable organization that has been in continuous operation for at least three (3) years, except as stated in the Oklahoma Charitable Gift Annuity Act. Added by Laws 1957, p. 216, § 110.Amended by Laws 1975, c. 334, § 1, emerg. eff. June 12, 1975; Laws 1979, c. 56, § 1, emerg. eff. April 11, 1979; Laws 1982, c. 190, § 1, operative Oct. 1, 1982; Laws 1984, c. 110, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1988, c. 83, § 3, emerg. eff. March 25, 1988; Laws 1993, c. 34, § 1, emerg. eff. April 2, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 118, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1996, c. 249, § 1, emerg. eff. May 28, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 418, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 141, § 13, emerg. eff. April 21, 1998; Laws 2008, c. 352, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2008.§36114.Existing actions, violations. Repeal by this act of any law shall not affect or abate any right heretofore accrued, action or proceeding heretofore commenced, or any unlawful act heretofore committed under such laws and punishment or deprivation of license or authority as a consequence thereof as provided by such law, but all proceedings hereafter taken with respect thereto shall conform to the applicable provisions of this Code insofar as possible.All such laws shall be deemed to continue in force to the extent made necessary by this provision. Laws 1957, p. 217, § 114.§36115.Particular provisions prevail. Provisions of this Code relative to a particular kind of insurance or a particular type of insurer or to a particular matter shall prevail over provisions relating to insurance in general or insurers in general or to such matter in general. Laws 1957, p. 217, § 115.§36117.General penalty. In addition to any other penalty which may be applicable thereto, either under this Code or otherwise, violation of any provision of this Code shall constitute a misdemeanor and shall be punishable as such where no greater penalty is provided therefor. Laws 1957, p. 217, § 117.§36-121.Computation of time periods. In computing any period of time prescribed or allowed by this title, by the rules of the Commissioner, or by any applicable statute, the day of the act, event, or default from which the designated period of time begins to run shall not be included.The last day of the period so computed shall be included, unless it is a Saturday, a Sunday, a legal holiday as defined by the Oklahoma Statutes, or any day when the office of the Commissioner does not remain open for public business until 4:00 p.m., in which event the period runs until the end of the next day when the office of the Commissioner is open until 4:00 p.m.When the period of time prescribed or allowed is less than seven (7) days, intermediate Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays shall be excluded in the computation. Added by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.Amended by Laws 2006, c. 264, § 2, eff. July 1, 2006.§36-301.Insurance Department. The Insurance Department of the State of Oklahoma is hereby created.The Insurance Commissioner shall be the chief executive officer of the Insurance Department.The powers and duties of the Insurance Commissioner shall be those created by the Oklahoma Insurance Code.The Insurance Department shall be situated in one area in the State Capitol or some other location conveniently accessible to the general public subject to the provisions of Sections 63 and 94 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes and Section 580:20-13-5 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. Added by Laws 1957, p. 217, § 301, operative July 1, 1957.Amended by Laws 1965, c. 60, § 2, eff. July 1, 1965; Laws 1980, c. 322, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1981; Laws 1986, c. 207, § 76, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1987, c. 210, § 1, eff. July 1, 1987; Laws 1996, c. 10, § 1, emerg. eff. March 26, 1996; Laws 2006, c. 264, § 3, eff. July 1, 2006.§36302.Insurance Commissioner. The Insurance Commissioner of the State of Oklahoma shall be at least twentyfive (25) years of age and a resident of the State of Oklahoma for at least five (5) years, and have had at least five (5) years' experience in the insurance industry in administration, sales, servicing or regulation.The Insurance Commissioner shall not be financially interested, directly or indirectly, in any insurer, agency or insurance transaction except as a policyholder or claimant under a policy.Amended by Laws 1983, c. 68, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1983.§36303.Official seal of Insurance Commissioner. The Insurance Commissioner shall have an official seal, the center of which shall be the same as that of the Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma, and which shall be distinguished by the words "Insurance CommissionerState of Oklahoma" inscribed in the circular band surrounding the remainder of the device.This seal shall be the official seal of the office.Every certificate and other document or paper duly executed by the Insurance Commissioner, authorized employees of the Insurance Department, or independent hearing examiners and all copies or photographic copies of papers certified by authority of the Commissioner and authenticated by the seal shall have the same force and effect as the original would in any suit or proceedings in any court of this state. Added by Laws 1957, p. 218, § 303.Amended by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.§36-304.Funds to be deposited weekly - Collection by nongovernmental entities. A.The Insurance Commissioner shall deposit weekly with the State Treasurer all funds in the Commissioner’s hands collected for the use of the state. B.The Insurance Commissioner may contract with nongovernmental entities to collect fees and taxes on behalf of the Insurance Department. Laws 1957, p. 218, § 304; Laws 1980, c. 159, § 4, emerg. eff. April 2, 1980; Laws 2007, c. 338, § 1, eff. July 1, 2007.§36-305.Commissioner may appoint assistants; legal counsel. A.The Insurance Commissioner may appoint such deputies, assistants, examiners, actuaries, attorneys, clerks and employees, at salaries to be fixed by the Insurance Commissioner, as may be necessary properly to discharge the duties imposed upon the Insurance Commissioner under this Code.The Insurance Commissioner shall appoint all examiners for his office.The attorneys appointed by the Insurance Commissioner shall be the legal advisors for the office of Insurance Commissioner and are authorized to appear for and represent the Insurance Commissioner in any and all litigation that may arise in the discharge of his duties except as otherwise provided elsewhere in this Code.Provided, the Insurance Commissioner, whenever he deems it necessary, may call upon the Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma for legal counsel, and such assistance as may be required to enforce provisions of this Code. B.No deputy, assistant or employee of the Commissioner shall be financially interested, directly or indirectly, in any insurer, agency or insurance transaction except as a policyholder or claimant under a policy; except, that as to such matters wherein a conflict of interests does not exist on the part of any such individual, the Commissioner may employ from time to time insurance actuaries or other technicians who are independently practicing their professions even though similarly employed by insurers and others.This section shall not be deemed to prohibit employment by the Commissioner of retired or pensioned personnel of insurers or insurance organizations. Added by Laws 1957, p. 218, § 305.§36305.1.Delinquency proceedings; appointment of personnel; exemptions. In any proceeding commenced against an insurer pursuant to Article 18 or 19 of Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes for the purpose of liquidating, rehabilitating, reorganizing or conserving such insurer: 1.No former employee of the Insurance Department shall be employed or appointed to serve in any capacity by the court to assist the Insurance Department for a period of one (1) year following such employee's former employment; 2.No former member of the State Legislature shall be employed to assist the Insurance Department for a period of two (2) years following the expiration of such member's service in office; and 3.If any former officer or employee of any other company has been employed to assist the Insurance Department with the said proceeding against the insurer, such other company may not purchase the assets of or acquire any other interest in said insurer for a period of one (1) year following the expiration or termination of such officer's or employee's term of office or employment.Amended by Laws 1987, c. 210, § 3, eff. July 1, 1987.§36-306.Records - Disclosure. A.The records, books, and papers pertaining to the official transactions, filings, examinations, investigations, and proceedings of the Insurance Department shall be maintained by the Department until disposition thereof has been approved by the Archives and Records Commission.These records, books, and papers shall be public records of the state.However, reports of examinations of insurers shall be filed and made public only as provided in Section 309.4 of this title.Open and ongoing investigative and disciplinary files shall not be made public until their completion or unless they are ordered to be made public by the proper judicial official.Files of the claims division of the Commissioner's office, including complaints and requests for assistance from insureds, and insurance agency and company records, shall not be public records and shall not be disclosed except in connection with disciplinary proceedings by the Commissioner.Final market conduct orders shall be open public records. B.Any document or other information generated by the Insurance Department or received by the Insurance Department from a governmental agency or any other public body of any kind, including an insurance guaranty fund or risk pool board, that has a protection from disclosure under any statute or evidentiary privilege from disclosure, while in the possession of the body that generated the information, shall retain its confidential character while in the possession of the Insurance Department.The Insurance Department may require that any agency or public body providing a document or other information, if it expects the information to be treated confidentially by the Insurance Department, to also provide simultaneously an express reference to the claimed protection from disclosure. C.A court shall quash any subpoena commanding the disclosure of confidential information or closed records of the Insurance Department absent a showing of justification for such disclosure. Added by Laws 1957, p. 219, § 306.Amended by Laws 1980, c. 322, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 1981; Laws 1983, c. 68, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1983; Laws 1985, c. 328, § 1, emerg. eff. July 29, 1985; Laws 1997, c. 418, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.§36-306.1.Availability of data necessary for review – Confidentiality – Sharing of data - Definitions. A.A supervisory agency shall make available to a requesting agency any data obtained or generated by, and in the possession of, the supervisory agency and that the requesting agency deems necessary for review in connection with the supervision of any person over which the requesting agency has direct supervisory authority.However, the requested data must relate to the person, or an affiliate of the person, over which the requesting agency has direct supervisory authority.An agency has direct supervisory authority over a person if such authority is specifically provided by statute, or the agency granted the person’s charter, license, or registration, or otherwise granted permission for the person to conduct its business in this state. B.When a requesting agency and a federal regulatory agency or self-regulatory association have concurrent jurisdiction over a person, a requesting agency may share with such agency or association data received from a supervisory agency.However, the federal regulatory agency or self-regulatory association must return such shared data to the requesting agency unless the federal regulatory agency or self-regulatory association has obtained approval from the supervisory agency to retain the data.The term “federal regulatory agency” shall not include law enforcement agencies. C.1.Notwithstanding any other statute, rule, or policy governing or relating to records of the requesting agency, all data received by a requesting agency from a supervisory agency shall be and remain confidential and not open to public inspection, subpoena, or any other form of disclosure while in the possession of the requesting agency.Any request for inspection, subpoena, or other form of disclosure must be directed at the supervisory agency from which the data originated and disclosure thereof shall be subject to the laws, rules, and policies governing or relating to records of the supervisory agency. 2.The provisions of data by a supervisory agency to a requesting agency under this section shall not constitute a waiver of, or otherwise affect, any privilege or claim of confidentiality that a supervisory agency may claim with respect to such data under any federal laws or laws of this state. D.A supervisory agency is not required to share original documents with a requesting agency.A requesting agency shall reimburse the supervisory agency for costs associated with providing copies of data to the requesting agency. E.Nothing in the Oklahoma Financial Privacy Act, Sections 2201 through 2206 of Title 6 of the Oklahoma Statutes, shall prohibit the sharing of data as described in this section.Additionally, neither a supervisory agency nor requesting agency shall be required to follow any procedure described in the Oklahoma Financial Privacy Act when sharing data as described in this section. F.As used in this section: 1.“Affiliate” shall mean any person that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with another person.A person shall be deemed to have “control” over any person if the person: a.directly or indirectly or acting through one or more other persons owns, controls, or has power to vote ten percent (10%) or more of any class of voting securities of the other person, or b.the person controls in any manner the election, appointment, or designation of a majority of the directors, trustees, or other managing officers of the person; 2.“Data” shall mean copies of any documents, reports, examination reports, letters, correspondence, orders, stipulations, memorandums of understanding, agreements, or any other records not open for public inspection generated by a supervisory agency or obtained by a supervisory agency from the person it supervises, whether in paper or electronic format.However, “data” shall not include records that a requesting agency receives from a supervisory agency pursuant to this section; 3.“Requesting agency” shall mean, as applicable, the Oklahoma State Banking Department, the Oklahoma Insurance Department, or the Oklahoma Department of Securities, that requests from a supervisory agency data relating to a person over which the requesting agency does not have direct supervisory authority; 4.“Supervision” shall mean any examination, assessment, order, stipulation, agreement, report, memorandum of understanding, or other regulatory matter or process that a requesting agency is authorized to perform in relation to a person; and 5.“Supervisory agency” shall mean, as applicable, the Oklahoma State Banking Department, the Oklahoma Insurance Department, or the Oklahoma Department of Securities, that maintains data relating to a person over which the agency has direct supervisory authority. Added by Laws 2000, c. 205, § 32, emerg. eff. May 17, 2000.§36-307.Duties of Insurance Commissioner. The Insurance Commissioner shall be charged with the duty of administration and enforcement of the provisions of the Oklahoma Insurance Code and of any requirements placed on an insurance company pursuant to subsection L of section 1111 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes.The Insurance Commissioner shall have jurisdiction over complaints against all persons engaged in the business of insurance, and shall hear all matters either in person, by authorized disinterested employees, or by hearing examiners appointed by the Commissioner for that purpose.It shall be the duty of the Insurance Commissioner to file and safely keep all books and papers required by law to be filed with the Insurance Department, and to keep and preserve in permanent form a full record of proceedings, including a concise statement of the conditions of such insurers and other entities reported and examined by the Department and its examiners.The Commissioner shall, annually, at the earliest practicable date after returns are received from the several authorized insurers and other organizations, make a report to the Governor of the State of Oklahoma of the affairs of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, which report shall contain a tabular statement and synopsis of the several statements, as accepted by the Insurance Commissioner, which shall include with respect to each insurance company the admitted assets, liabilities except capital, capital and surplus, Oklahoma premium income, amount of claims paid in Oklahoma, and such other matters as may be of benefit to the public.The Commissioner may educate consumers and make recommendations regarding the subject of insurance in this state, and shall set forth in a statement the various sums received and disbursed by the Department, from and to whom and for what purpose.Such report shall be published by and subject to the order of the said Insurance Commissioner.The Insurance Commissioner shall, upon retiring from office, deliver to the qualified successor all furniture, records, papers and property of the office. Added by Laws 1957, p. 219, § 307, operative July 1, 1957.Amended by Laws 1965, c. 60, § 3, eff. July 1, 1965; Laws 1972, c. 162, § 1, emerg. eff. April 7, 1972; Laws 1980, c. 322, § 4, eff. Jan. 1, 1981; Laws 1986, c. 207, § 77, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1987, c. 210, § 4, eff. July 1, 1987; Laws 1997, c. 418, § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2005, c. 355, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2005; Laws 2006, c. 264, § 4, eff. July 1, 2006.§36307.1.Rules and regulations. The Commissioner may adopt reasonable rules and regulations for the implementation and administration of the provisions of the Insurance Code.Added by Laws 1983, c. 89, § 14, eff. Nov. 1, 1983.§36-307.2.Nonpublic personal information. A.No person shall disclose any nonpublic personal information contrary to the provisions of Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, Public Law No. 106-102. B.The Insurance Commissioner may promulgate rules necessary to carry out the provisions of this section. C.Nothing in this section shall be construed to create a private cause of action. Added by Laws 2001, c. 363, § 1, eff. July 1, 2001.§36-307.3.State Insurance Commissioner Revolving Fund. A.Effective July 1, 2009, there is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Insurance Commissioner called the State Insurance Commissioner Revolving Fund.The revolving fund shall be used to fund the operations of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. 1.Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the revolving fund shall consist of and consolidate all funds that are or have been paid or collected by the Insurance Commissioner pursuant to the laws of this state and the rules of the Insurance Department except that the revolving fund shall not include: a.premium taxes, b.monies transferred to the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Unit Revolving Fund pursuant to Section 362 of this title, and c.funds paid to and collected pursuant to the Oklahoma Real Estate Appraisers Act, Section 858-700 et seq. of Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes. 2.The revolving fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations.Expenditures from the revolving fund shall be made pursuant to the laws of this state and the statutes relating to the Insurance Department.Warrants for expenditures from the revolving fund shall be drawn by the State Treasurer, based on claims signed by an authorized employee or employees of the Insurance Department and filed with the Director of State Finance. B.All funds collected by the Insurance Commissioner shall be paid into the State Treasury weekly. C.The State Treasury is authorized and directed to deduct from the funds paid into the Insurance Commissioner Revolving Fund after the effective date of this section a sum equal to seventy-six and one half percent (76.5%) of such payment and place the same to the credit of the General Revenue Fund of the state.The remainder of said funds so paid and collected shall by the State Treasurer be placed to the credit of the State Insurance Commissioner Revolving Fund. Added by Laws 2009, c. 432, § 1, eff. July 1, 2009.§36-307.4.Use of grant; audited annually. A.The Insurance Commissioner may solicit, accept and authorize the use of any grant made to the Insurance Department as long as the terms of the grant are carried out and the Insurance Commissioner holds the funds in trust for the purposes of carrying out the terms of the grant. B.The Insurance Commissioner must annually account to the State Auditor and Inspector for all monies or property received or extended by virtue of this section.The account shall state: 1.The source of the monies or property received with the actual date of its receipt; 2.The particular use or place for which it was expended; and 3.The balance on hand showing the place of deposit of the unexpended balance. Added by Laws 2009, c. 294, § 10, eff. July 1, 2009.§36-308.Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. §36-309.Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. §36-309.1.Examinations - Definitions. As used in Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title: 1."Commissioner" means the Insurance Commissioner; 2."Company" means any person engaging in or proposing or attempting to engage in any transaction or kind of insurance or surety business and any person or group of persons who may otherwise be subject to the administrative or regulatory authority of the Commissioner; 3."Department" means the Insurance Department; 4."Examiner" means any individual or firm having been authorized by the Commissioner to conduct an examination; 5."Insurer" means every person engaged in the business of making contracts of insurance or indemnity including not-for-profit hospital service and medical indemnity corporations; and 6."Person" means any individual, aggregation of individuals, trust, association, recognized legal entity, or any affiliate thereof. Added by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.Amended by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.§36-309.2.Nature and frequency of examinations - Reports in lieu of examinations. A.The Insurance Commissioner or an examiner may conduct an examination, including a financial and market conduct examination, under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title of any company as often as the Commissioner deems appropriate but shall at a minimum, conduct a financial examination of every domestic insurer licensed in this state not less frequently than once every three (3) years.The Commissioner shall, at a minimum, conduct or cause to be conducted a financial examination of every foreign insurer licensed in this state not less frequently than once every five (5) years.The Commissioner may accept examinations conducted by other states on foreign insurers domiciled in such states pursuant to subsection C of this section.In scheduling and determining the nature, scope and frequency of the examinations, the Commissioner shall consider such matters as the results of financial statement analyses and ratios, changes in management or ownership, actuarial opinions, reports of independent certified financial examiners or public accountants and other criteria as set forth in the Examiners' Handbook adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and in effect when the Commissioner exercises discretion under this subsection.The Commissioner may also make examinations upon the request of one or more persons pecuniarily interested therein, who shall make affidavit of their belief, with specifications of their reasons therefor, that the company is in an unsound condition. B.For purposes of completing an examination of any company under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title, the Commissioner may examine or investigate any person, or the business of any person, insofar as such examination or investigation is, in the sole discretion of the Commissioner, necessary or material to the examination of the company. C.In lieu of an examination under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title of any foreign or alien insurer licensed in this state, the Commissioner may accept an examination report on such company as prepared by the insurance department for the company's state of domicile or port-of-entry state if: 1.The insurance department was at the time of the examination accredited under the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation Program; or 2.The examination is performed with the participation of one or more examiners who are employed by an accredited state insurance department and who, after a review of the examination work papers and report, state under oath that the examination was performed in a manner consistent with the standards and procedures required by their insurance department. D.The Commissioner may authorize any employee of the Insurance Department to exercise the Commissioner's authority under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title. Added by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.Amended by Laws 1993, c. 79, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 1997, c. 418, § 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2009, c. 176, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.§36-309.3.Appointment of examiner - Compliance with examiner's requests - Powers of Commissioner. A.Upon determining that an examination should be conducted, the Insurance Commissioner shall issue an examination warrant appointing one or more examiners to perform the examination and instructing them as to the scope of the examination.In conducting the examination, the examiner shall observe those guidelines and procedures set forth in the Examiners' Handbook adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as supplemented by rules of the Commissioner.The Commissioner may also employ such other guidelines or procedures as the Commissioner may deem appropriate. B.Every company or person from whom information is sought, including all of its officers, directors, employees and agents, shall provide to the Commissioner and examiners timely, convenient, and free access at all reasonable hours at its offices to all books, records, accounts, papers, documents, and any or all computer or other recordings relating to the property, assets, business and affairs of the company being examined.The officers, directors, employees and agents of the company or person shall facilitate such examination and aid in such examination so far as it is in their power to do so.The refusal of any company, by its officers, directors, employees or agents, to submit to examination or to comply with any reasonable written request of the examiners shall be grounds for suspension or refusal of, or nonrenewal of any license or authority held by the company to engage in an insurance or other business subject to the Commissioner's jurisdiction.Any such proceedings for suspension, revocation or refusal of any license or authority shall be conducted pursuant to Section 619 of this title. C.The Commissioner or examiners shall have the power to issue subpoenas, to administer oaths and to examine under oath any person as to any matter pertinent to the examination.Upon the failure or refusal of any person to obey a subpoena, the Commissioner may petition a court of competent jurisdiction, and upon proper showing, the Court may enter any order compelling the witness to appear and testify or produce documentary evidence.Failure to obey the court order shall be punishable as contempt of court. D.When making an examination under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title, the Commissioner may retain attorneys, appraisers, independent actuaries, independent certified public accountants or an accounting firm or individual holding a permit to practice public accounting, certified financial examiners or other professionals and specialists as examiners, the cost of which shall be borne by the company which is the subject of the examination. E.Nothing contained in Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title shall be construed to limit the Commissioner's authority to terminate or suspend any examination in order to pursue other legal or regulatory action pursuant to the insurance laws of this state.Findings of fact and conclusions made in any examination report shall be prima facie evidence in any legal or regulatory action. F.Nothing contained in Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title shall be construed to limit the Commissioner's authority to use and, if appropriate, to make public any final or preliminary examination report, any examiner or company workpapers or other documents, or any other information discovered or developed during the course of any examination in the furtherance of any legal or regulatory action which the Commissioner may deem appropriate. Added by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.Amended by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.§36-309.4.Report of examination - Review by Commissioner - Investigatory hearing - Disclosure. A.All examination reports shall be comprised of only facts appearing upon the books, records, or other documents of the company, its agents or other persons examined, or as ascertained from the testimony of its officers or agents or other persons examined concerning its affairs, and such conclusions and recommendations as the examiners find reasonably warranted from such facts. B.No later than thirty (30) days following completion of the examination, the examiner in charge shall file with the Insurance Department a verified written report of examination under oath.Upon receipt of the verified report, the Department shall transmit the report to the company examined, together with a notice which shall afford such company examined a reasonable opportunity of not more than twenty (20) days to make a written submission or written rebuttal with respect to any matters contained in the examination report. C.Within twenty (20) days of the end of the period allowed for the receipt of written submissions or written rebuttals, the Insurance Commissioner shall fully consider and review the report, together with any written submissions or written rebuttals and any relevant portions of the examiners' workpapers and enter an order: 1.Adopting the examination report as filed or with modification or corrections.If the examination report reveals that the company is operating in violation of any law, regulation or prior order of the Commissioner, the Commissioner may order the company to take any action the Commissioner considers necessary and appropriate to cure such violation; 2.Rejecting the examination report with directions to the examiners to reopen the examination for purposes of obtaining additional data, documentation or information, and refiling pursuant to subsection A of this section; or 3.Calling for an investigatory hearing with notice pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act to the company for purposes of obtaining additional documentation, data, information and testimony. D.1.All orders entered pursuant to paragraph 1 of subsection C of this section shall be accompanied by findings and conclusions resulting from the Commissioner's consideration and review of the examination report, relevant examiner workpapers and any written submissions or rebuttals.Any such order shall be considered a final administrative decision and may be appealed pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, and shall be served upon the company by certified mail, together with a copy of the adopted examination report.Within thirty (30) days of the issuance of the adopted report, the company shall file affidavits executed by each of its directors stating under oath that they have received a copy of the adopted report and related orders.Upon proper order of the Commissioner, the company shall deliver by mail or otherwise, within thirty (30) days of the date of the order, a copy of the adopted report and related orders to all states and jurisdictions in which the company is licensed to transact the business of insurance. 2.Any hearing conducted pursuant to paragraph 3 of subsection C of this section by the Commissioner or authorized representative, shall be conducted as a nonadversarial confidential investigatory proceeding as necessary for the resolution of any inconsistencies, discrepancies or disputed issues apparent upon the face of the filed examination report or raised by or as a result of the Commissioner's review of relevant workpapers or by the written submission or rebuttal of the company.Within thirty (30) days of the conclusion of any such hearing, the Commissioner shall enter an order pursuant to paragraph 1 of subsection C of this section. 3.The Commissioner shall not appoint an examiner as an authorized representative to conduct the hearing.The Commissioner or a representative of the Commissioner may issue subpoenas for the attendance of any witnesses or the production of any documents deemed relevant to the investigation whether under the control of the Department, the company or other persons.The documents produced shall be included in the record, and testimony taken by the Commissioner or representative of the Commissioner shall be under oath and preserved for the record. 4.Nothing contained in this section shall require the Department to disclose any information or records which would indicate or show the existence or content of any investigation or activity of a criminal justice agency. 5.The hearing shall proceed with the Commissioner or a representative of the Commissioner posing questions to the persons subpoenaed.Thereafter the company and the Department may present testimony relevant to the investigation.The company and the Department shall be permitted to make closing statements and may be represented by counsel of their choice. E.1.Upon the adoption of the examination report under paragraph 1 of subsection C of this section, the Commissioner shall continue to hold the content of the examination report as private and confidential information for a period of two (2) days except to the extent provided in subsection B of this section and subsection F of Section 309.3 of this title.Thereafter, the Commissioner may open the report for public inspection so long as no court of competent jurisdiction has stayed its publication. 2.Nothing contained in Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title shall prevent or be construed as prohibiting the Commissioner from disclosing the content of an examination report, preliminary examination report or results, or any matter relating thereto, to the insurance department of this or any other state or country, or to law enforcement officials of this or any other state or agency of the federal government at any time, so long as such agency or office receiving the report or matters relating thereto agrees in writing to hold it confidential and in a manner consistent with Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title. 3.In the event the Commissioner determines that regulatory action is appropriate as a result of any examination, the Commissioner may initiate any proceedings or actions as provided by law. F.All working papers, recorded information, documents and copies thereof produced by, obtained by or disclosed to the Commissioner or any other person in the course of an examination made under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title shall be given confidential treatment and are not subject to subpoena and may not be made public by the Commissioner or any other person, except to the extent provided in subsection E of this section and subsection F of Section 309.3 of this title.Access may also be granted to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.Such parties shall agree in writing prior to receiving the information to provide to it the same confidential treatment as required by this section, unless the prior written consent of the company to which it pertains has been obtained. Added by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.Amended by Laws 2001, c. 363, § 2, eff. July 1, 2001.§36-309.5.Examiner's conflict of interest. A.No examiner may be appointed by the Insurance Commissioner if such examiner, either directly or indirectly, has a conflict of interest or is affiliated with the management of or owns a pecuniary interest in any person subject to examination under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title.This section shall not be construed to automatically preclude an examiner from being: 1.A policyholder or claimant under an insurance policy; 2.A grantor of a mortgage or similar instrument on such examiner's residence to a regulated entity if done under customary terms and in the ordinary course of business; 3.An investment owner in shares of regulated diversified investment companies; or 4.A settlor or beneficiary of a blind trust into which any otherwise impermissible holdings have been placed. B.Notwithstanding the requirements of this section, the Commissioner may retain from time to time, on an individual basis, qualified actuaries, an accounting firm or individual holding a permit to practice public accounting in this state, or other similar individuals who are independently practicing their professions, even though said persons may from time to time be similarly employed or retained by persons subject to examination under this act.An examiner shall disclose to the Commissioner in writing any prior or existing personal or business relationship with any company to be examined by that examiner. Added by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.Amended by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 10, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.§36-309.6.Payment of charges. Any insurer or person examined under the provisions of Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title shall pay the proper charges incurred in such examination, including the actual expense of the Insurance Commissioner or the expenses and compensation of an authorized representative and the expense and compensation of assistants and examiners employed therein.All expenses incurred in such examination shall be verified by affidavit and a copy shall be filed in the office of the Commissioner. Added by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.Amended by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 11, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.§36-309.7.Liability. A.No cause of action shall arise nor shall any liability be imposed against the Insurance Commissioner, the Commissioner's authorized representatives, or any examiner appointed by the Commissioner for any statements made or conduct performed while carrying out the provisions of Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title, unless the conduct was objectively unreasonable and outside the scope of the person's duties. B.No cause of action shall arise, nor shall any liability be imposed against any person for the act of communicating or delivering information or data to the Commissioner or the Commissioner's authorized representative or examiner pursuant to an examination made under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title, if such act of communication or delivery was not a fraudulent or criminal act. C.This section does not abrogate or modify in any way any common law or statutory privilege or immunity heretofore enjoyed by any person identified in subsection A of this section. D.A person identified in subsection A of this section shall be entitled to an award of attorney's fees and costs if determined to be the prevailing party in a civil action arising out of activities in carrying out the provisions of Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title, if the court determines that the party bringing the action was not substantially justified in doing so.For purposes of this section, a proceeding is substantially justified if it had a reasonable basis in law or fact at the time that it was initiated. Added by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.Amended by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 12, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.§36310.Examination reports. A.The Insurance Commissioner shall make a full written report of each examination, certified to by the Insurance Commissioner or the examiner in charge of the examination. B.The Insurance Commissioner shall furnish a copy of the report to the person examined not less than ten (10) days prior to filing the same in his office.If such person so requests in writing within such tenday period, the Insurance Commissioner shall consider the objections of such person to the report as proposed, and shall not so file the report until after such modifications, if any, have been made therein as the Insurance Commissioner deems proper. C.The report, when filed, shall be admissible in evidence in any action or proceeding brought by the Insurance Commissioner against the person examined, or its officers or agents.The Insurance Commissioner or his examiners may at any time testify and offer other proper evidence as to information secured during the course of an examination, whether or not a written report of the examination has at that time been either made, served, or filed in the Insurance Commissioner's office. D.The Insurance Commissioner may withhold from public inspection any examination or investigation report for so long as he deems prudent, but not to exceed thirty (30) days.Laws 1957, p. 220, § 310.§36-310.1.Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 125, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. §36-310.2.Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 125, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. §36-310A.1.Reporting of material acquisitions and disposition of assets or material nonrenewals, cancellations or revisions of ceded reinsurance agreements. A.Every insurer domiciled in this state shall file a report with the Insurance Commissioner disclosing material acquisitions and dispositions of assets or material nonrenewals, cancellations or revisions of ceded reinsurance agreements unless the acquisitions and dispositions of assets or material nonrenewals, cancellations or revisions of ceded reinsurance agreements have been submitted to the Commissioner for review, approval or information purposes pursuant to other provisions of the Oklahoma Insurance Code. B.The report required in subsection A of this section is due within fifteen (15) days after the end of the calendar month in which any of the foregoing transactions occur. C.One complete copy of the report, including any exhibits or other attachments, shall be filed with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Added by Laws 1997, c. 273, § 1, eff. July 1, 1997.§36-310A.2.Material acquisitions or dispositions defined - Information to be disclosed in report. A.No acquisitions or dispositions of assets need be reported pursuant to Section 1 of this act if the acquisitions or dispositions are not material.For purposes of this act, a material acquisition, or the aggregate of any series of related acquisitions during any thirty-day period, or disposition, or the aggregate of any series of related dispositions during any thirty-day period, is one that is nonrecurring and not in the ordinary course of business and involves more than five percent (5%) of the reporting insurer's total admitted assets as reported in its most recent annual statement filed with the Insurance Commissioner pursuant to Section 311 of Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes. B.1.Asset acquisitions subject to Section 1 of this act include every purchase, lease, exchange, merger, consolidation, succession or any other acquisition. 2.Asset dispositions subject to this act include every sale, lease, exchange, merger, consolidation, mortgage, hypothecation, assignment whether for the benefit of creditors or otherwise, abandonment, destruction or other disposition. C.1.The following information is required to be disclosed in any report of a material acquisition or disposition of assets: a.date of the transaction,
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  • §36101. Short title. 

    Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes shall be known and may be cited as the Oklahoma Insurance Code. 

    Amended by Laws 1983, c. 68, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1983.  

    §36102. "Insurance" defined. 

    "Insurance" is a contract whereby one undertakes to indemnify another or to pay a specified amount upon determinable contingencies. 

    Laws 1957, p. 215, § 102.  

    §36103. "Insurer" defined. 

    A. "Insurer" includes every person engaged in the business of making contracts of insurance or indemnity. 

    B. A nonprofit hospital service and medical indemnity corporation is an insurer within the meaning of this Code. 

    C. Burial associations shall be deemed not to be insurers. 

    Laws 1957, p. 215, § 103.  

    §36104. "Person" defined. 

    "Person" includes an individual, company, insurer, association, organization, society, reciprocal or interinsurance exchange, partnership, syndicate, business trust, corporation, Lloyd's association, and entity, and association, group or department of underwriters and any farmer’s educational and cooperative union. 

    Added by Laws 1957, p. 216, § 104, operative July 1, 1957. Amended by Laws 2004, c. 16, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2004. 

     

    §36105. "Transacting" insurance. 

    "Transact" with respect to insurance includes any of the following: 

    1. Solicitation and inducement. 

    2. Preliminary negotiations. 

    3. Effectuation of a contract of insurance. 

    4. Transaction of matters subsequent to effectuation of the contract and arising out of it. 

    Laws 1957, p. 216, § 105.  

    §36106. "Insurance Commissioner" defined. 

    A. When used with reference to administration of this Code, "Insurance Commissioner" or "Commissioner" means the Insurance Commissioner of the State of Oklahoma. 

    Laws 1957, p. 216, § 106.  

    §36-107. "Board" defined. 

    When used with reference to the administration of the Oklahoma Insurance Code, "State Insurance Board", "Insurance Board" or "Board" means the State Board for Property and Casualty Rates established by Section 331, Article 3, of this Code. For purposes of the laws of this state and the Oklahoma Insurance Code, the term “Board” or “any predecessor to the Board” shall have the same meaning as the term “Insurance Commissioner”. 

    Added by Laws 1957, p. 216, § 107, operative July 1, 1957. Amended by Laws 1965, c. 60, § 1, eff. July 1, 1965; Laws 2006, c. 264, § 1, eff. July 1, 2006. 

     

    §36-107.2. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 125, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. 

    §36108. "Insurance Department" defined. 

    Unless the context otherwise requires, "Insurance Department" or "Department" means the Insurance Department established by Section 301, Article 3 of this Code. 

    Laws 1957, p. 216, § 108.  

    §36109. Compliance required. 

    No person shall transact a business of insurance in Oklahoma without complying with the applicable provisions of this Code. 

    Laws 1957, p. 216, § 109.  

    §36-110. Application as to particular types of insurers. 

    No provision of the Oklahoma Insurance Code, Section 101 et seq. of this title, shall apply to: 

    1. Nonprofit hospital service and medical indemnity corporations, except as stated in Sections 601 et seq. and 2601 et seq. of this title; 

    2. Fraternal benefit societies, except as stated in Section 2701.1 et seq. of this title; 

    3. Farmers' mutual fire insurance associations, except as stated in Section 2801 et seq. of this title; 

    4. Mutual benefit associations, except as stated in Section 2401 et seq. of this title; 

    5. Domestic burial associations; 

    6. Any domestic association organized subject to the supervision or by the authority of any incorporated Grange Order of Patrons of Husbandry, when the association is formed exclusively for the mutual benefit of the members of such order. Effective January 1, 1982, The Oklahoma State Union of the Farmers' Educational and Cooperative Union of America shall comply with all provisions of the Oklahoma Insurance Code; 

    7. Trust companies organized pursuant to the provisions of Title 6 of the Oklahoma Statutes except that the title insurance and surety insurance business of such trust companies shall be subject to the Oklahoma Insurance Code; 

    8. Soliciting agents of mutual insurance corporations or associations, operating only in this state, that issue no stock or other form of security, do not operate for profit, and have none of their funds inure to the benefit of individuals except in the form of less expensive insurance and necessary expenses of operation, if provisions are made in the bylaws of the insurer for the election of any soliciting agents by a majority of the policyholders in the area where the soliciting agent solicits insurance; 

    9. The Mutual Aid Association of the Church of the Brethren or the Mutual Aid Association of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ; 

    10. Incorporated or unincorporated banking associations having been in existence for over fifteen (15) years and consisting of more than seventy-five (75) member banks within this state for issuance of blanket fidelity bonds for banks within this state for each bank's own use, or any nonprofit trust sponsored by such associations' member banks providing employee benefits such as life, health, accident, disability, pension and retirement benefits for banks, bank holding companies and subsidiaries thereof, the associations' employees and associate members; 

    11. A religious organization, or members of the organization, if the organization: 

    a.  is a nonprofit religious organization, 

    b.  is limited to participants who are members of the same religion, 

    c.  acts as an organizational clearinghouse for information between participants who have financial, physical or medical needs and participants with the present ability to pay for the benefit of those participants with present financial or medical needs. Nothing in this subparagraph shall prevent the organization from establishing qualifications of participation relating to the health of the prospective participant, nor shall it prevent the participants from limiting the financial or medical needs that may be eligible for payment among the participants, 

    d.  provides for the financial or medical needs of a participant through payments directly from one participant to another, and 

    e.  suggests amounts that participants may voluntarily give with no assumption of risk or promise to pay either among the participants or between the participants and the organization. Nothing in this subparagraph shall prevent the organization from cancelling the membership of a participant if the participant indicates unwillingness to participate by failing to make a payment to another participant for a period in excess of sixty (60) days; or 

    12. Charitable organizations that: 

    a.  are described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, 

    b.  issue qualified charitable gift annuity contracts, 

    c.  have a minimum of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) in unrestricted assets that are exclusive of the assets comprising its qualified charitable gift annuities, and 

    d.  have been in continuous operation for at least three (3) years or are successors or affiliates of a charitable organization that has been in continuous operation for at least three (3) years, 

    except as stated in the Oklahoma Charitable Gift Annuity Act. 

    Added by Laws 1957, p. 216, § 110. Amended by Laws 1975, c. 334, § 1, emerg. eff. June 12, 1975; Laws 1979, c. 56, § 1, emerg. eff. April 11, 1979; Laws 1982, c. 190, § 1, operative Oct. 1, 1982; Laws 1984, c. 110, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1988, c. 83, § 3, emerg. eff. March 25, 1988; Laws 1993, c. 34, § 1, emerg. eff. April 2, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 118, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1996, c. 249, § 1, emerg. eff. May 28, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 418, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 141, § 13, emerg. eff. April 21, 1998; Laws 2008, c. 352, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2008. 

     

    §36114. Existing actions, violations. 

    Repeal by this act of any law shall not affect or abate any right heretofore accrued, action or proceeding heretofore commenced, or any unlawful act heretofore committed under such laws and punishment or deprivation of license or authority as a consequence thereof as provided by such law, but all proceedings hereafter taken with respect thereto shall conform to the applicable provisions of this Code insofar as possible. All such laws shall be deemed to continue in force to the extent made necessary by this provision. 

    Laws 1957, p. 217, § 114.  

    §36115. Particular provisions prevail. 

    Provisions of this Code relative to a particular kind of insurance or a particular type of insurer or to a particular matter shall prevail over provisions relating to insurance in general or insurers in general or to such matter in general. 

    Laws 1957, p. 217, § 115.  

    §36117. General penalty. 

    In addition to any other penalty which may be applicable thereto, either under this Code or otherwise, violation of any provision of this Code shall constitute a misdemeanor and shall be punishable as such where no greater penalty is provided therefor. 

    Laws 1957, p. 217, § 117.  

    §36-121. Computation of time periods. 

    In computing any period of time prescribed or allowed by this title, by the rules of the Commissioner, or by any applicable statute, the day of the act, event, or default from which the designated period of time begins to run shall not be included. The last day of the period so computed shall be included, unless it is a Saturday, a Sunday, a legal holiday as defined by the Oklahoma Statutes, or any day when the office of the Commissioner does not remain open for public business until 4:00 p.m., in which event the period runs until the end of the next day when the office of the Commissioner is open until 4:00 p.m. When the period of time prescribed or allowed is less than seven (7) days, intermediate Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays shall be excluded in the computation. 

    Added by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2006, c. 264, § 2, eff. July 1, 2006. 

     

    §36-301. Insurance Department. 

    The Insurance Department of the State of Oklahoma is hereby created. The Insurance Commissioner shall be the chief executive officer of the Insurance Department. The powers and duties of the Insurance Commissioner shall be those created by the Oklahoma Insurance Code. The Insurance Department shall be situated in one area in the State Capitol or some other location conveniently accessible to the general public subject to the provisions of Sections 63 and 94 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes and Section 580:20-13-5 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. 

    Added by Laws 1957, p. 217, § 301, operative July 1, 1957. Amended by Laws 1965, c. 60, § 2, eff. July 1, 1965; Laws 1980, c. 322, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1981; Laws 1986, c. 207, § 76, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1987, c. 210, § 1, eff. July 1, 1987; Laws 1996, c. 10, § 1, emerg. eff. March 26, 1996; Laws 2006, c. 264, § 3, eff. July 1, 2006. 

     

    §36302. Insurance Commissioner. 

    The Insurance Commissioner of the State of Oklahoma shall be at least twentyfive (25) years of age and a resident of the State of Oklahoma for at least five (5) years, and have had at least five (5) years' experience in the insurance industry in administration, sales, servicing or regulation. The Insurance Commissioner shall not be financially interested, directly or indirectly, in any insurer, agency or insurance transaction except as a policyholder or claimant under a policy. 

     

    Amended by Laws 1983, c. 68, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1983.  

    §36303. Official seal of Insurance Commissioner. 

    The Insurance Commissioner shall have an official seal, the center of which shall be the same as that of the Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma, and which shall be distinguished by the words "Insurance Commissioner State of Oklahoma" inscribed in the circular band surrounding the remainder of the device. This seal shall be the official seal of the office. Every certificate and other document or paper duly executed by the Insurance Commissioner, authorized employees of the Insurance Department, or independent hearing examiners and all copies or photographic copies of papers certified by authority of the Commissioner and authenticated by the seal shall have the same force and effect as the original would in any suit or proceedings in any court of this state. 

    Added by Laws 1957, p. 218, § 303. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. 

     

    §36-304. Funds to be deposited weekly - Collection by nongovernmental entities. 

    A. The Insurance Commissioner shall deposit weekly with the State Treasurer all funds in the Commissioner’s hands collected for the use of the state. 

    B. The Insurance Commissioner may contract with nongovernmental entities to collect fees and taxes on behalf of the Insurance Department. 

    Laws 1957, p. 218, § 304; Laws 1980, c. 159, § 4, emerg. eff. April 2, 1980; Laws 2007, c. 338, § 1, eff. July 1, 2007. 

     

    §36-305. Commissioner may appoint assistants; legal counsel. 

    A. The Insurance Commissioner may appoint such deputies, assistants, examiners, actuaries, attorneys, clerks and employees, at salaries to be fixed by the Insurance Commissioner, as may be necessary properly to discharge the duties imposed upon the Insurance Commissioner under this Code. The Insurance Commissioner shall appoint all examiners for his office. The attorneys appointed by the Insurance Commissioner shall be the legal advisors for the office of Insurance Commissioner and are authorized to appear for and represent the Insurance Commissioner in any and all litigation that may arise in the discharge of his duties except as otherwise provided elsewhere in this Code. Provided, the Insurance Commissioner, whenever he deems it necessary, may call upon the Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma for legal counsel, and such assistance as may be required to enforce provisions of this Code. 

    B. No deputy, assistant or employee of the Commissioner shall be financially interested, directly or indirectly, in any insurer, agency or insurance transaction except as a policyholder or claimant under a policy; except, that as to such matters wherein a conflict of interests does not exist on the part of any such individual, the Commissioner may employ from time to time insurance actuaries or other technicians who are independently practicing their professions even though similarly employed by insurers and others. This section shall not be deemed to prohibit employment by the Commissioner of retired or pensioned personnel of insurers or insurance organizations. 

    Added by Laws 1957, p. 218, § 305. 

     

    §36305.1. Delinquency proceedings; appointment of personnel; exemptions. 

    In any proceeding commenced against an insurer pursuant to Article 18 or 19 of Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes for the purpose of liquidating, rehabilitating, reorganizing or conserving such insurer: 

    1. No former employee of the Insurance Department shall be employed or appointed to serve in any capacity by the court to assist the Insurance Department for a period of one (1) year following such employee's former employment; 

    2. No former member of the State Legislature shall be employed to assist the Insurance Department for a period of two (2) years following the expiration of such member's service in office; and 

    3. If any former officer or employee of any other company has been employed to assist the Insurance Department with the said proceeding against the insurer, such other company may not purchase the assets of or acquire any other interest in said insurer for a period of one (1) year following the expiration or termination of such officer's or employee's term of office or employment. 

     

    Amended by Laws 1987, c. 210, § 3, eff. July 1, 1987.  

    §36-306. Records - Disclosure. 

    A. The records, books, and papers pertaining to the official transactions, filings, examinations, investigations, and proceedings of the Insurance Department shall be maintained by the Department until disposition thereof has been approved by the Archives and Records Commission. These records, books, and papers shall be public records of the state. However, reports of examinations of insurers shall be filed and made public only as provided in Section 309.4 of this title. Open and ongoing investigative and disciplinary files shall not be made public until their completion or unless they are ordered to be made public by the proper judicial official. Files of the claims division of the Commissioner's office, including complaints and requests for assistance from insureds, and insurance agency and company records, shall not be public records and shall not be disclosed except in connection with disciplinary proceedings by the Commissioner. Final market conduct orders shall be open public records. 

    B. Any document or other information generated by the Insurance Department or received by the Insurance Department from a governmental agency or any other public body of any kind, including an insurance guaranty fund or risk pool board, that has a protection from disclosure under any statute or evidentiary privilege from disclosure, while in the possession of the body that generated the information, shall retain its confidential character while in the possession of the Insurance Department. The Insurance Department may require that any agency or public body providing a document or other information, if it expects the information to be treated confidentially by the Insurance Department, to also provide simultaneously an express reference to the claimed protection from disclosure. 

    C. A court shall quash any subpoena commanding the disclosure of confidential information or closed records of the Insurance Department absent a showing of justification for such disclosure. 

    Added by Laws 1957, p. 219, § 306. Amended by Laws 1980, c. 322, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 1981; Laws 1983, c. 68, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1983; Laws 1985, c. 328, § 1, emerg. eff. July 29, 1985; Laws 1997, c. 418, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. 

     

    §36-306.1. Availability of data necessary for review – Confidentiality – Sharing of data - Definitions. 

    A. A supervisory agency shall make available to a requesting agency any data obtained or generated by, and in the possession of, the supervisory agency and that the requesting agency deems necessary for review in connection with the supervision of any person over which the requesting agency has direct supervisory authority. However, the requested data must relate to the person, or an affiliate of the person, over which the requesting agency has direct supervisory authority. An agency has direct supervisory authority over a person if such authority is specifically provided by statute, or the agency granted the person’s charter, license, or registration, or otherwise granted permission for the person to conduct its business in this state. 

    B. When a requesting agency and a federal regulatory agency or self-regulatory association have concurrent jurisdiction over a person, a requesting agency may share with such agency or association data received from a supervisory agency. However, the federal regulatory agency or self-regulatory association must return such shared data to the requesting agency unless the federal regulatory agency or self-regulatory association has obtained approval from the supervisory agency to retain the data. The term “federal regulatory agency” shall not include law enforcement agencies. 

    C. 1. Notwithstanding any other statute, rule, or policy governing or relating to records of the requesting agency, all data received by a requesting agency from a supervisory agency shall be and remain confidential and not open to public inspection, subpoena, or any other form of disclosure while in the possession of the requesting agency. Any request for inspection, subpoena, or other form of disclosure must be directed at the supervisory agency from which the data originated and disclosure thereof shall be subject to the laws, rules, and policies governing or relating to records of the supervisory agency. 

    2. The provisions of data by a supervisory agency to a requesting agency under this section shall not constitute a waiver of, or otherwise affect, any privilege or claim of confidentiality that a supervisory agency may claim with respect to such data under any federal laws or laws of this state. 

    D. A supervisory agency is not required to share original documents with a requesting agency. A requesting agency shall reimburse the supervisory agency for costs associated with providing copies of data to the requesting agency. 

    E. Nothing in the Oklahoma Financial Privacy Act, Sections 2201 through 2206 of Title 6 of the Oklahoma Statutes, shall prohibit the sharing of data as described in this section. Additionally, neither a supervisory agency nor requesting agency shall be required to follow any procedure described in the Oklahoma Financial Privacy Act when sharing data as described in this section. 

    F. As used in this section: 

    1. “Affiliate” shall mean any person that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with another person. A person shall be deemed to have “control” over any person if the person: 

    a.  directly or indirectly or acting through one or more other persons owns, controls, or has power to vote ten percent (10%) or more of any class of voting securities of the other person, or 

    b.  the person controls in any manner the election, appointment, or designation of a majority of the directors, trustees, or other managing officers of the person; 

    2. “Data” shall mean copies of any documents, reports, examination reports, letters, correspondence, orders, stipulations, memorandums of understanding, agreements, or any other records not open for public inspection generated by a supervisory agency or obtained by a supervisory agency from the person it supervises, whether in paper or electronic format. However, “data” shall not include records that a requesting agency receives from a supervisory agency pursuant to this section; 

    3. “Requesting agency” shall mean, as applicable, the Oklahoma State Banking Department, the Oklahoma Insurance Department, or the Oklahoma Department of Securities, that requests from a supervisory agency data relating to a person over which the requesting agency does not have direct supervisory authority; 

    4. “Supervision” shall mean any examination, assessment, order, stipulation, agreement, report, memorandum of understanding, or other regulatory matter or process that a requesting agency is authorized to perform in relation to a person; and 

    5. “Supervisory agency” shall mean, as applicable, the Oklahoma State Banking Department, the Oklahoma Insurance Department, or the Oklahoma Department of Securities, that maintains data relating to a person over which the agency has direct supervisory authority. 

    Added by Laws 2000, c. 205, § 32, emerg. eff. May 17, 2000. 

     

    §36-307. Duties of Insurance Commissioner. 

    The Insurance Commissioner shall be charged with the duty of administration and enforcement of the provisions of the Oklahoma Insurance Code and of any requirements placed on an insurance company pursuant to subsection L of section 1111 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The Insurance Commissioner shall have jurisdiction over complaints against all persons engaged in the business of insurance, and shall hear all matters either in person, by authorized disinterested employees, or by hearing examiners appointed by the Commissioner for that purpose. It shall be the duty of the Insurance Commissioner to file and safely keep all books and papers required by law to be filed with the Insurance Department, and to keep and preserve in permanent form a full record of proceedings, including a concise statement of the conditions of such insurers and other entities reported and examined by the Department and its examiners. The Commissioner shall, annually, at the earliest practicable date after returns are received from the several authorized insurers and other organizations, make a report to the Governor of the State of Oklahoma of the affairs of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, which report shall contain a tabular statement and synopsis of the several statements, as accepted by the Insurance Commissioner, which shall include with respect to each insurance company the admitted assets, liabilities except capital, capital and surplus, Oklahoma premium income, amount of claims paid in Oklahoma, and such other matters as may be of benefit to the public. The Commissioner may educate consumers and make recommendations regarding the subject of insurance in this state, and shall set forth in a statement the various sums received and disbursed by the Department, from and to whom and for what purpose. Such report shall be published by and subject to the order of the said Insurance Commissioner. The Insurance Commissioner shall, upon retiring from office, deliver to the qualified successor all furniture, records, papers and property of the office. 

    Added by Laws 1957, p. 219, § 307, operative July 1, 1957. Amended by Laws 1965, c. 60, § 3, eff. July 1, 1965; Laws 1972, c. 162, § 1, emerg. eff. April 7, 1972; Laws 1980, c. 322, § 4, eff. Jan. 1, 1981; Laws 1986, c. 207, § 77, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1987, c. 210, § 4, eff. July 1, 1987; Laws 1997, c. 418, § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2005, c. 355, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2005; Laws 2006, c. 264, § 4, eff. July 1, 2006. 

     

    §36307.1. Rules and regulations. 

    The Commissioner may adopt reasonable rules and regulations for the implementation and administration of the provisions of the Insurance Code. 

     

    Added by Laws 1983, c. 89, § 14, eff. Nov. 1, 1983.  

    §36-307.2. Nonpublic personal information. 

    A. No person shall disclose any nonpublic personal information contrary to the provisions of Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, Public Law No. 106-102. 

    B. The Insurance Commissioner may promulgate rules necessary to carry out the provisions of this section. 

    C. Nothing in this section shall be construed to create a private cause of action. 

    Added by Laws 2001, c. 363, § 1, eff. July 1, 2001. 

     

    §36-307.3. State Insurance Commissioner Revolving Fund. 

    A. Effective July 1, 2009, there is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Insurance Commissioner called the State Insurance Commissioner Revolving Fund. The revolving fund shall be used to fund the operations of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. 

    1. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the revolving fund shall consist of and consolidate all funds that are or have been paid or collected by the Insurance Commissioner pursuant to the laws of this state and the rules of the Insurance Department except that the revolving fund shall not include: 

    a.  premium taxes, 

    b.  monies transferred to the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Unit Revolving Fund pursuant to Section 362 of this title, and 

    c.  funds paid to and collected pursuant to the Oklahoma Real Estate Appraisers Act, Section 858-700 et seq. of Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes. 

    2. The revolving fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations. Expenditures from the revolving fund shall be made pursuant to the laws of this state and the statutes relating to the Insurance Department. Warrants for expenditures from the revolving fund shall be drawn by the State Treasurer, based on claims signed by an authorized employee or employees of the Insurance Department and filed with the Director of State Finance. 

    B. All funds collected by the Insurance Commissioner shall be paid into the State Treasury weekly. 

    C. The State Treasury is authorized and directed to deduct from the funds paid into the Insurance Commissioner Revolving Fund after the effective date of this section a sum equal to seventy-six and one half percent (76.5%) of such payment and place the same to the credit of the General Revenue Fund of the state. The remainder of said funds so paid and collected shall by the State Treasurer be placed to the credit of the State Insurance Commissioner Revolving Fund. 

    Added by Laws 2009, c. 432, § 1, eff. July 1, 2009. 

     

    §36-307.4. Use of grant; audited annually. 

    A. The Insurance Commissioner may solicit, accept and authorize the use of any grant made to the Insurance Department as long as the terms of the grant are carried out and the Insurance Commissioner holds the funds in trust for the purposes of carrying out the terms of the grant. 

    B. The Insurance Commissioner must annually account to the State Auditor and Inspector for all monies or property received or extended by virtue of this section. The account shall state: 

    1. The source of the monies or property received with the actual date of its receipt; 

    2. The particular use or place for which it was expended; and 

    3. The balance on hand showing the place of deposit of the unexpended balance. 

    Added by Laws 2009, c. 294, § 10, eff. July 1, 2009. 

     

    §36-308. Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. 

    §36-309. Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. 

    §36-309.1. Examinations - Definitions. 

    As used in Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title: 

    1. "Commissioner" means the Insurance Commissioner; 

    2. "Company" means any person engaging in or proposing or attempting to engage in any transaction or kind of insurance or surety business and any person or group of persons who may otherwise be subject to the administrative or regulatory authority of the Commissioner; 

    3. "Department" means the Insurance Department; 

    4. "Examiner" means any individual or firm having been authorized by the Commissioner to conduct an examination; 

    5. "Insurer" means every person engaged in the business of making contracts of insurance or indemnity including not-for-profit hospital service and medical indemnity corporations; and 

    6. "Person" means any individual, aggregation of individuals, trust, association, recognized legal entity, or any affiliate thereof. 

    Added by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. 

     

    §36-309.2. Nature and frequency of examinations - Reports in lieu of examinations. 

    A. The Insurance Commissioner or an examiner may conduct an examination, including a financial and market conduct examination, under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title of any company as often as the Commissioner deems appropriate but shall at a minimum, conduct a financial examination of every domestic insurer licensed in this state not less frequently than once every three (3) years. The Commissioner shall, at a minimum, conduct or cause to be conducted a financial examination of every foreign insurer licensed in this state not less frequently than once every five (5) years. The Commissioner may accept examinations conducted by other states on foreign insurers domiciled in such states pursuant to subsection C of this section. In scheduling and determining the nature, scope and frequency of the examinations, the Commissioner shall consider such matters as the results of financial statement analyses and ratios, changes in management or ownership, actuarial opinions, reports of independent certified financial examiners or public accountants and other criteria as set forth in the Examiners' Handbook adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and in effect when the Commissioner exercises discretion under this subsection. The Commissioner may also make examinations upon the request of one or more persons pecuniarily interested therein, who shall make affidavit of their belief, with specifications of their reasons therefor, that the company is in an unsound condition. 

    B. For purposes of completing an examination of any company under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title, the Commissioner may examine or investigate any person, or the business of any person, insofar as such examination or investigation is, in the sole discretion of the Commissioner, necessary or material to the examination of the company. 

    C. In lieu of an examination under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title of any foreign or alien insurer licensed in this state, the Commissioner may accept an examination report on such company as prepared by the insurance department for the company's state of domicile or port-of-entry state if: 

    1. The insurance department was at the time of the examination accredited under the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation Program; or 

    2. The examination is performed with the participation of one or more examiners who are employed by an accredited state insurance department and who, after a review of the examination work papers and report, state under oath that the examination was performed in a manner consistent with the standards and procedures required by their insurance department. 

    D. The Commissioner may authorize any employee of the Insurance Department to exercise the Commissioner's authority under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title. 

    Added by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 79, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 1997, c. 418, § 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2009, c. 176, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2009. 

     

    §36-309.3. Appointment of examiner - Compliance with examiner's requests - Powers of Commissioner. 

    A. Upon determining that an examination should be conducted, the Insurance Commissioner shall issue an examination warrant appointing one or more examiners to perform the examination and instructing them as to the scope of the examination. In conducting the examination, the examiner shall observe those guidelines and procedures set forth in the Examiners' Handbook adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as supplemented by rules of the Commissioner. The Commissioner may also employ such other guidelines or procedures as the Commissioner may deem appropriate. 

    B. Every company or person from whom information is sought, including all of its officers, directors, employees and agents, shall provide to the Commissioner and examiners timely, convenient, and free access at all reasonable hours at its offices to all books, records, accounts, papers, documents, and any or all computer or other recordings relating to the property, assets, business and affairs of the company being examined. The officers, directors, employees and agents of the company or person shall facilitate such examination and aid in such examination so far as it is in their power to do so. The refusal of any company, by its officers, directors, employees or agents, to submit to examination or to comply with any reasonable written request of the examiners shall be grounds for suspension or refusal of, or nonrenewal of any license or authority held by the company to engage in an insurance or other business subject to the Commissioner's jurisdiction. Any such proceedings for suspension, revocation or refusal of any license or authority shall be conducted pursuant to Section 619 of this title. 

    C. The Commissioner or examiners shall have the power to issue subpoenas, to administer oaths and to examine under oath any person as to any matter pertinent to the examination. Upon the failure or refusal of any person to obey a subpoena, the Commissioner may petition a court of competent jurisdiction, and upon proper showing, the Court may enter any order compelling the witness to appear and testify or produce documentary evidence. Failure to obey the court order shall be punishable as contempt of court. 

    D. When making an examination under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title, the Commissioner may retain attorneys, appraisers, independent actuaries, independent certified public accountants or an accounting firm or individual holding a permit to practice public accounting, certified financial examiners or other professionals and specialists as examiners, the cost of which shall be borne by the company which is the subject of the examination. 

    E. Nothing contained in Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title shall be construed to limit the Commissioner's authority to terminate or suspend any examination in order to pursue other legal or regulatory action pursuant to the insurance laws of this state. Findings of fact and conclusions made in any examination report shall be prima facie evidence in any legal or regulatory action. 

    F. Nothing contained in Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title shall be construed to limit the Commissioner's authority to use and, if appropriate, to make public any final or preliminary examination report, any examiner or company workpapers or other documents, or any other information discovered or developed during the course of any examination in the furtherance of any legal or regulatory action which the Commissioner may deem appropriate. 

    Added by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. 

     

    §36-309.4. Report of examination - Review by Commissioner - Investigatory hearing - Disclosure. 

    A. All examination reports shall be comprised of only facts appearing upon the books, records, or other documents of the company, its agents or other persons examined, or as ascertained from the testimony of its officers or agents or other persons examined concerning its affairs, and such conclusions and recommendations as the examiners find reasonably warranted from such facts. 

    B. No later than thirty (30) days following completion of the examination, the examiner in charge shall file with the Insurance Department a verified written report of examination under oath. Upon receipt of the verified report, the Department shall transmit the report to the company examined, together with a notice which shall afford such company examined a reasonable opportunity of not more than twenty (20) days to make a written submission or written rebuttal with respect to any matters contained in the examination report. 

    C. Within twenty (20) days of the end of the period allowed for the receipt of written submissions or written rebuttals, the Insurance Commissioner shall fully consider and review the report, together with any written submissions or written rebuttals and any relevant portions of the examiners' workpapers and enter an order: 

    1. Adopting the examination report as filed or with modification or corrections. If the examination report reveals that the company is operating in violation of any law, regulation or prior order of the Commissioner, the Commissioner may order the company to take any action the Commissioner considers necessary and appropriate to cure such violation; 

    2. Rejecting the examination report with directions to the examiners to reopen the examination for purposes of obtaining additional data, documentation or information, and refiling pursuant to subsection A of this section; or 

    3. Calling for an investigatory hearing with notice pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act to the company for purposes of obtaining additional documentation, data, information and testimony. 

    D. 1. All orders entered pursuant to paragraph 1 of subsection C of this section shall be accompanied by findings and conclusions resulting from the Commissioner's consideration and review of the examination report, relevant examiner workpapers and any written submissions or rebuttals. Any such order shall be considered a final administrative decision and may be appealed pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, and shall be served upon the company by certified mail, together with a copy of the adopted examination report. Within thirty (30) days of the issuance of the adopted report, the company shall file affidavits executed by each of its directors stating under oath that they have received a copy of the adopted report and related orders. Upon proper order of the Commissioner, the company shall deliver by mail or otherwise, within thirty (30) days of the date of the order, a copy of the adopted report and related orders to all states and jurisdictions in which the company is licensed to transact the business of insurance. 

    2. Any hearing conducted pursuant to paragraph 3 of subsection C of this section by the Commissioner or authorized representative, shall be conducted as a nonadversarial confidential investigatory proceeding as necessary for the resolution of any inconsistencies, discrepancies or disputed issues apparent upon the face of the filed examination report or raised by or as a result of the Commissioner's review of relevant workpapers or by the written submission or rebuttal of the company. Within thirty (30) days of the conclusion of any such hearing, the Commissioner shall enter an order pursuant to paragraph 1 of subsection C of this section. 

    3. The Commissioner shall not appoint an examiner as an authorized representative to conduct the hearing. The Commissioner or a representative of the Commissioner may issue subpoenas for the attendance of any witnesses or the production of any documents deemed relevant to the investigation whether under the control of the Department, the company or other persons. The documents produced shall be included in the record, and testimony taken by the Commissioner or representative of the Commissioner shall be under oath and preserved for the record. 

    4. Nothing contained in this section shall require the Department to disclose any information or records which would indicate or show the existence or content of any investigation or activity of a criminal justice agency. 

    5. The hearing shall proceed with the Commissioner or a representative of the Commissioner posing questions to the persons subpoenaed. Thereafter the company and the Department may present testimony relevant to the investigation. The company and the Department shall be permitted to make closing statements and may be represented by counsel of their choice. 

    E. 1. Upon the adoption of the examination report under paragraph 1 of subsection C of this section, the Commissioner shall continue to hold the content of the examination report as private and confidential information for a period of two (2) days except to the extent provided in subsection B of this section and subsection F of Section 309.3 of this title. Thereafter, the Commissioner may open the report for public inspection so long as no court of competent jurisdiction has stayed its publication. 

    2. Nothing contained in Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title shall prevent or be construed as prohibiting the Commissioner from disclosing the content of an examination report, preliminary examination report or results, or any matter relating thereto, to the insurance department of this or any other state or country, or to law enforcement officials of this or any other state or agency of the federal government at any time, so long as such agency or office receiving the report or matters relating thereto agrees in writing to hold it confidential and in a manner consistent with Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title. 

    3. In the event the Commissioner determines that regulatory action is appropriate as a result of any examination, the Commissioner may initiate any proceedings or actions as provided by law. 

    F. All working papers, recorded information, documents and copies thereof produced by, obtained by or disclosed to the Commissioner or any other person in the course of an examination made under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title shall be given confidential treatment and are not subject to subpoena and may not be made public by the Commissioner or any other person, except to the extent provided in subsection E of this section and subsection F of Section 309.3 of this title. Access may also be granted to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Such parties shall agree in writing prior to receiving the information to provide to it the same confidential treatment as required by this section, unless the prior written consent of the company to which it pertains has been obtained. 

    Added by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 363, § 2, eff. July 1, 2001. 

     

    §36-309.5. Examiner's conflict of interest. 

    A. No examiner may be appointed by the Insurance Commissioner if such examiner, either directly or indirectly, has a conflict of interest or is affiliated with the management of or owns a pecuniary interest in any person subject to examination under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title. This section shall not be construed to automatically preclude an examiner from being: 

    1. A policyholder or claimant under an insurance policy; 

    2. A grantor of a mortgage or similar instrument on such examiner's residence to a regulated entity if done under customary terms and in the ordinary course of business; 

    3. An investment owner in shares of regulated diversified investment companies; or 

    4. A settlor or beneficiary of a blind trust into which any otherwise impermissible holdings have been placed. 

    B. Notwithstanding the requirements of this section, the Commissioner may retain from time to time, on an individual basis, qualified actuaries, an accounting firm or individual holding a permit to practice public accounting in this state, or other similar individuals who are independently practicing their professions, even though said persons may from time to time be similarly employed or retained by persons subject to examination under this act. An examiner shall disclose to the Commissioner in writing any prior or existing personal or business relationship with any company to be examined by that examiner. 

    Added by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 10, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. 

     

    §36-309.6. Payment of charges. 

    Any insurer or person examined under the provisions of Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title shall pay the proper charges incurred in such examination, including the actual expense of the Insurance Commissioner or the expenses and compensation of an authorized representative and the expense and compensation of assistants and examiners employed therein. All expenses incurred in such examination shall be verified by affidavit and a copy shall be filed in the office of the Commissioner. 

    Added by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 11, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. 

     

    §36-309.7. Liability. 

    A. No cause of action shall arise nor shall any liability be imposed against the Insurance Commissioner, the Commissioner's authorized representatives, or any examiner appointed by the Commissioner for any statements made or conduct performed while carrying out the provisions of Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title, unless the conduct was objectively unreasonable and outside the scope of the person's duties. 

    B. No cause of action shall arise, nor shall any liability be imposed against any person for the act of communicating or delivering information or data to the Commissioner or the Commissioner's authorized representative or examiner pursuant to an examination made under Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title, if such act of communication or delivery was not a fraudulent or criminal act. 

    C. This section does not abrogate or modify in any way any common law or statutory privilege or immunity heretofore enjoyed by any person identified in subsection A of this section. 

    D. A person identified in subsection A of this section shall be entitled to an award of attorney's fees and costs if determined to be the prevailing party in a civil action arising out of activities in carrying out the provisions of Sections 309.1 through 309.7 of this title, if the court determines that the party bringing the action was not substantially justified in doing so. For purposes of this section, a proceeding is substantially justified if it had a reasonable basis in law or fact at the time that it was initiated. 

    Added by Laws 1991, c. 204, § 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 12, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. 

     

    §36310. Examination reports. 

    A. The Insurance Commissioner shall make a full written report of each examination, certified to by the Insurance Commissioner or the examiner in charge of the examination. 

    B. The Insurance Commissioner shall furnish a copy of the report to the person examined not less than ten (10) days prior to filing the same in his office. If such person so requests in writing within such tenday period, the Insurance Commissioner shall consider the objections of such person to the report as proposed, and shall not so file the report until after such modifications, if any, have been made therein as the Insurance Commissioner deems proper. 

    C. The report, when filed, shall be admissible in evidence in any action or proceeding brought by the Insurance Commissioner against the person examined, or its officers or agents. The Insurance Commissioner or his examiners may at any time testify and offer other proper evidence as to information secured during the course of an examination, whether or not a written report of the examination has at that time been either made, served, or filed in the Insurance Commissioner's office. 

    D. The Insurance Commissioner may withhold from public inspection any examination or investigation report for so long as he deems prudent, but not to exceed thirty (30) days. 

     

    Laws 1957, p. 220, § 310.  

    §36-310.1. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 125, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. 

    §36-310.2. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 418, § 125, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. 

    §36-310A.1. Reporting of material acquisitions and disposition of assets or material nonrenewals, cancellations or revisions of ceded reinsurance agreements. 

    A. Every insurer domiciled in this state shall file a report with the Insurance Commissioner disclosing material acquisitions and dispositions of assets or material nonrenewals, cancellations or revisions of ceded reinsurance agreements unless the acquisitions and dispositions of assets or material nonrenewals, cancellations or revisions of ceded reinsurance agreements have been submitted to the Commissioner for review, approval or information purposes pursuant to other provisions of the Oklahoma Insurance Code. 

    B. The report required in subsection A of this section is due within fifteen (15) days after the end of the calendar month in which any of the foregoing transactions occur. 

    C. One complete copy of the report, including any exhibits or other attachments, shall be filed with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. 

    Added by Laws 1997, c. 273, § 1, eff. July 1, 1997. 

     

    §36-310A.2. Material acquisitions or dispositions defined - Information to be disclosed in report. 

    A. No acquisitions or dispositions of assets need be reported pursuant to Section 1 of this act if the acquisitions or dispositions are not material. For purposes of this act, a material acquisition, or the aggregate of any series of related acquisitions during any thirty-day period, or disposition, or the aggregate of any series of related dispositions during any thirty-day period, is one that is nonrecurring and not in the ordinary course of business and involves more than five percent (5%) of the reporting insurer's total admitted assets as reported in its most recent annual statement filed with the Insurance Commissioner pursuant to Section 311 of Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes. 

    B. 1. Asset acquisitions subject to Section 1 of this act include every purchase, lease, exchange, merger, consolidation, succession or any other acquisition. 

    2. Asset dispositions subject to this act include every sale, lease, exchange, merger, consolidation, mortgage, hypothecation, assignment whether for the benefit of creditors or otherwise, abandonment, destruction or other disposition. 

    C. 1. The following information is required to be disclosed in any report of a material acquisition or disposition of assets: 

    a.  date of the transaction, 

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