REPORT TITLE:
Insurance


DESCRIPTION:
Permits certain contracts of warranty or guaranty to include
coverage for towing and substitute transportation.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                        
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.213        
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT

RELATING TO GENERAL CASUALTY INSURANCE.



BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 1      SECTION 1.  Section 431:1-209, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 
 2 amended to read as follows:
 
 3      "431:1-209  General casualty insurance defined.  General
 
 4 casualty insurance includes vehicle insurance as defined in
 
 5 section 431:1-208, disability insurance defined in section
 
 6 431:1-205 and in addition is insurance:
 
 7      (1)  Against legal liability for the death, injury or
 
 8           disability of any human being, or from damage to
 
 9           property.
 
10      (2)  Of medical, hospital, surgical, and funeral benefits to
 
11           persons injured, irrespective of legal liability of the
 
12           insured, when issued with or supplemental to insurance
 
13           against legal liability for the death, injury or
 
14           disability of human beings.
 
15      (3)  Of the obligation accepted by, imposed upon, or assumed
 
16           by employers under law for death, disablement or injury
 
17           to employees.
 
18      (4)  Against loss or damage by burglary, theft, larceny,
 
19           robbery, forgery, fraud, vandalism, malicious mischief,
 

 
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 1           confiscation, or wrongful conversion, disposal or
 
 2           concealment, or from any attempt of any of the
 
 3           foregoing; also insurance against loss or damage to
 
 4           moneys, coins, bullion, securities, notes, drafts,
 
 5           acceptances, or any other valuable papers or documents,
 
 6           resulting from any cause, except while in the mail.
 
 7      (5)  Upon personal effects of individuals, by an all-risk
 
 8           type of policy commonly known as the personal property
 
 9           floater.
 
10      (6)  Against loss or damage to glass and its appurtenances
 
11           resulting from any cause.
 
12      (7)  Against any liability and loss or damage to property
 
13           resulting from accidents to or explosions of boilers,
 
14           pipes, pressure containers, machinery, or apparatus.
 
15      (8)  Against loss of or damage to any property of the
 
16           insured resulting from the ownership, maintenance or
 
17           use of elevators, except loss or damage by fire.
 
18      (9)  Against loss or damage to any property caused by the
 
19           breakage or leakage of sprinklers, water pipes or
 
20           containers, or by water entering through leaks or
 
21           openings in buildings.
 
22     (10)  Against loss or damage resulting from failure of
 
23           debtors to pay their obligations to the insured (credit
 

 
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 1           insurance).
 
 2     (11)  Against loss of or damage to any domesticated or wild
 
 3           animal resulting from any cause (livestock insurance).
 
 4     (12)  Against loss of or damage to any property of the
 
 5           insured resulting from collision of any other object
 
 6           with such property, but not including collision to or
 
 7           by vessels, craft, piers, or other instrumentalities of
 
 8           ocean or inland navigation (collision insurance).
 
 9     (13)  Against legal liability of the insured, and against
 
10           loss, damage or expense incident to a claim of such
 
11           liability, and including any obligation of the insured
 
12           to pay medical, hospital, surgical, and funeral
 
13           benefits to injured persons, irrespective of legal
 
14           liability of the insured, arising out of the death or
 
15           injury of any person, or arising out of injury to the
 
16           economic interest of any person as the result of
 
17           negligence in rendering expert, fiduciary or
 
18           professional service (malpractice insurance).
 
19     (14)  Against any contract of warranty or guaranty which
 
20           promises service maintenance, parts replacement,
 
21           repair, money, or any other indemnity in the event of
 
22           loss of or damage to a motor vehicle or any part
 
23           thereof from any cause, including loss of or damage to
 

 
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 1           or loss of use of the motor vehicle by reason of
 
 2           depreciation, deterioration, wear and tear, use,
 
 3           obsolescence, or breakage if made by a warrantor or
 
 4           guarantor who or which as such is doing an insurance
 
 5           business.
 
 6                The making of a contract covering only defects in
 
 7           material and work, which may include towing and
 
 8           substitute transportation, in exchange for a separately
 
 9           stated charge where it is incidental to the business of
 
10           selling or leasing motor vehicles, shall not be deemed
 
11           insurance; provided the maker of the contract has an
 
12           insurance policy, with an insurer as defined in section
 
13           431:1-202, providing coverage for the making of those
 
14           contracts.  The policy shall assume the legal liability
 
15           created by each contract or, alternatively, the
 
16           ultimate legal liability of all contracts made by the
 
17           issuer.  If the maker of the contract is unable to
 
18           perform the duties imposed by the contract, the
 
19           purchaser of the contract then shall be considered a
 
20           policyholder of the insurer.  The policy shall include
 
21           a loss payee endorsement that provides coverage to any
 
22           lending institution as its interest may appear.  In
 
23           addition, the contract conspicuously shall state the
 

 
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 1           name and address of the licensed underwriting insurer
 
 2           and contain a statement that the policyholder shall be
 
 3           entitled to make a direct claim against the insurer
 
 4           upon the failure of the issuer to pay any claim within
 
 5           sixty days after proof of loss has been filed with the
 
 6           issuer.  The requirement that the maker of the contract
 
 7           have an insurance policy with an insurer shall not
 
 8           apply if the maker is a manufacturer, distributor or
 
 9           importer of automobiles.
 
10                The doing or proposing to do any business in
 
11           substance equivalent to the business described in this
 
12           section in a manner designed to evade the provisions of
 
13           this section is the doing of an insurance business.
 
14     (15)  Against any other kind of loss, damage or liability
 
15           properly the subject of insurance and not within any
 
16           other class or classes of insurance as defined in
 
17           section 431:1-204 to section 431:1-211, if such
 
18           insurance is not contrary to law or public policy."
 
19      SECTION 2.  New statutory material is underscored.
 
20      SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
 
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22                           INTRODUCED BY:  _______________________