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Title 8: Banking and Insurance


Sub-Chapter 001: General Provisions

8 V.S.A. § 6008. Examinations and investigations

§ 6008. Examinations and investigations

(a) At least once in three years, and whenever the Commissioner determines it to be prudent, the Commissioner shall personally, or by some competent person appointed by the Commissioner, visit each captive insurance company and thoroughly inspect and examine its affairs to ascertain its financial condition, its ability to fulfill its obligations, and whether it has complied with the provisions of this chapter. The Commissioner may enlarge the aforesaid three-year period to five years, provided the captive insurance company is subject to a comprehensive annual audit during such period of a scope satisfactory to the Commissioner by independent auditors approved by the Commissioner. The expenses and charges of the examination shall be paid to the State by the company or companies examined and the Commissioner of Finance and Management shall issue his or her warrants for the proper charges incurred in all examinations.

(b) The provisions of section 3576 of this title shall apply to examinations conducted under this section.

(c) All examination reports, preliminary examination reports or results, 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 an employee or agent of the Commissioner without the written consent of the company, except to the extent provided in this subsection. Nothing in this subsection shall prevent the Commissioner from using such information in furtherance of the Commissioner's regulatory authority under this title. The Commissioner may, in the Commissioner's discretion, grant access to such information to public officers having jurisdiction over the regulation of insurance in any other state or country, or to law enforcement officers of this State or any other state or agency of the federal government at any time, so long as such officers receiving the information agree in writing to hold it in a manner consistent with this section. (Added 1981, No. 28; amended 1983, No. 195 (Adj. Sess.), § 5(b); 1993, No. 235 (Adj. Sess.), § 9g, eff. June 21, 1994; 1997, No. 49, § 13, eff. June 26, 1997; 1999, No. 38, § 10, eff. May 20, 1999; 2003, No. 55, § 7; 2003, No. 105 (Adj. Sess.), § 8.)