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Relating to reinsurance,
distributions, and pooling arrangements by captive insurance companies.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 667 would amend chapter 964 of the Insurance Code that
deals with the regulations of captive insurance companies (CIC). It would
permit CICs, with approval from the commissioner of insurance, to accept risks
from and cede risks to or take credit for risks ceded to a captive reinsurance
pool that is composed of other CICs only. Additionally, a CIC would be able to accept
from or cede risks to an affiliated CIC.
This legislation would allow CICs to issue dividends to
interest holders in the company. However, this is contingent on the
commissioner’s approval, and the commissioner would be responsible for
implementing the rules for this.
Lastly, SB 667 would add a new section under chapter 964.
This section would give the commissioner the authority to approve a CICs
participation in a captive reinsurance pool. Moreover, the commissioner may
impose additional restrictions or requirements on a CIC that he or she deems necessary
to protecting the company.
No amendments or modifications have been made to the bill since we reported on it.
House chamber sponsor: Smithee
First chamber analysis:
The 83rd Legislature made huge strides by voting
to allow CICs to operate in Texas for the first time, but currently there remain
many prohibitive regulations over this type of insurance. Fortunately, the 84th
Legislature is continuing in the footsteps of the 83rd by further
opening up options for CICs to operate.
SB 667 would expand the captive insurance market by removing
additional regulations that prevent CICs from entering into a reinsurance pool.
Unfortunately, this bill is not perfect. Specifically, we do
not agree with the increased authority allotted to the commissioner of insurance.
A CIC should not need approval from the commissioner to enter into a reinsurance
pool. Moreover a CIC should not have to endure arbitrary limits or requirements
placed on it by the commissioner.
Although we believe this bill could have gone further in
limiting government interference, we still support SB 667 because it pushes the
captive insurance market into a less prohibitive regulatory environment, which
is good news for our free market principle.