STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1037-12


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2012


RE:   S.B. No. 2769

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 1





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Sixth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2012

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Housing, to which was referred S.B. No. 2769, S.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to make homeowners insurance and motor vehicle insurance premium information more readily available to the public by:


(1)  Requiring the Insurance Commissioner to publish lists of all homeowners and motor vehicle insurers annual premiums on the Insurance Division's official website;


(2)  Requiring all homeowners and motor vehicle insurers to provide premium information to the Insurance Commissioner within 30 days of the Insurance Commissioner's request; and


(3)  Authorizing the Insurance Commissioner to review the rate filings of insurers and adjust the rates if the rates are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory.


This measure also authorizes insurers to meet the filing requirements by subscribing to an advisory organization that makes filings.


     The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs testified in support of this measure.  American Insurance Association, Hawaii Insurers Council, Liberty Mutual, and Property Casualty Insurers Association of America testified in opposition to this measure.  State Farm Insurance Companies commented on this measure.


     Your Committee notes that existing law already makes notices, hearings, orders, and appeals under Article 14, Chapter 431, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), relating to rate regulation, subject to the Hawaii Administrative Procedure Act under Chapter 91, HRS.  The proposed decision of the hearings officer as indicated in the measure is subject to the appeals process under the Administrative Procedure Act.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1)  Specifying that if an insurer files a written request for a hearing on the Insurance Commissioner's disapproval of a rate filing, the existing effective rate shall remain in effect until the final order is rendered and the appeals process has been exhausted; and


(2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Housing that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2769, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2769, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Housing,