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Title 8: Banking and Insurance

Chapter 101: INSURANCE COMPANIES GENERALLY

Sub-Chapter 007: Examination And Reports

8 V.S.A. § 3574. Examination reports



§ 3574. Examination reports

(a) General description. 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 the facts.

(b) Filing of examination report. No later than 60 days following completion of the examination, the examiner in charge shall file with the department a written report of examination under oath. Upon receipt of the report, the department shall transmit the report to the company examined, together with a notice which shall afford the company examined a reasonable opportunity of not more than 30 days to make a written submission or rebuttal with respect to any matters contained in the examination report.

(c) Adoption of report on examination. Within 30 days of the end of the period allowed for the receipt of written submissions or rebuttals, the commissioner shall fully consider and review the report, together with any written submissions or rebuttals and any relevant portions of the examiner's work papers and shall order the report adopted together with any modifications and amendments that he or she deems appropriate. 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. The company may file an administrative appeal within 30 days of the commissioner's order. Such appeal shall be heard in accordance with chapter 25 of Title 3.

(d) Publication and use.

(1) The commissioner may hold the contents of the examination report confidential for 15 days following the issuance of the commissioner's order under subsection (c) of this section.

(2) The commissioner may disclose the content of an examination report, preliminary examination report or results, or any related matter, to the insurance department of 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, as long as such agency or office receiving the report or related matters agrees in writing to hold it in a manner consistent with this section.

(3) The commissioner may refuse 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.

(4) 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 this section are confidential 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 this subsection and subsection 3573(e) of this title. The commissioner may grant access to such information to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Such parties must 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 1991, No. 249 (Adj. Sess.), § 6.)