SB 101
Enacts provisions relating to property and casualty insurance
LR Number:
Last Action:
5/30/2023 - Delivered to Governor
Journal Page:
HCS SB 101
Effective Date:
August 28, 2023
House Handler:

Current Bill Summary

HCS/SB 101 - This act enacts provisions relating to property and casualty insurance.

PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC CORPORATIONS (Sections 287.690, 287.900, 287.902, 287.905, 287.907, 287.909, 287.910, 287.912, 287.912, 287.915, 287.917, 287.919, 287.920, 375.1275, and B)

Under current law, the Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEM) is established as a public corporation for the purpose of insuring Missouri employers against liability for workers' compensation, occupational disease and employers' liability coverage.

This act repeals the law establishing MEM as a public corporation and all connected statutes and specifies a process under which MEM may convert to a private mutual insurance corporation under the general insurance laws, authorized to write any lines of insurance permitted under Missouri law.

The company may continue to conduct business under its current name, and shall become the successor in interest to all assets and liabilities of the company as of the date of conversion.

The state shall not be liable for the expenses, liabilities, or debts of the private version of the company, the public corporation version of the company or a subsidiary or joint enterprise involving the private version of the company.

The act contains a delayed effective date for certain sections.

These provisions are identical to provisions in SS/SB 181 (2023).

AIRCRAFT INSURANCE (Section 379.316)

This act exempts aircraft liability insurance, other than employers' liability, from certain regulations on insurance premium rates and rating plans.

These provisions are identical to provisions in HCS/HB 655 (2023), and similar to SB 578 (2023).

LENDER-PLACED INSURANCE (Sections 379.1850, 379.1851, 379.1853, 379.1855, 379.1857, 379.1859, 379.1861, 379.1863, 379.1865, 379.1867, and 379.1869)

This act enacts provisions relating to lender-placed insurance, as defined in the act, with applicability as described in the act. (Sections 379.1850 and 379.1859).

The act specifies when lender-placed insurance shall become effective and terminate, and when mortgagors may be charged for the policies. (Section 379.1853).

Coverage amounts and premium amounts shall be based upon the replacement cost value of the property, to be determined as laid out in the act. In the event of a covered loss, any replacement cost coverage in excess of the unpaid principal balance on the mortgage shall be paid to the mortgagor. No insurer shall write lender-placed insurance for which the premium rate differs from that determined by the rate schedules on file with the Department of Commerce and Insurance as of the effective date of the policy. (Section 379.1855).

The act prohibits insurers and insurance producers from issuing lender-placed insurance if they or one of their affiliates owns, performs servicing for, or owns the servicing right to, the mortgaged property. The act prohibits insurers and insurance producers from compensating lenders, insurers, investors, or servicers for lender-placed insurance policies issued by the insurer, and from sharing premiums or risk with the lender, investor, or servicer. The act also prohibits payments dependent on profitability or loss ratios from being made in connection with lender-placed insurance, specifies that insurers shall not provide free or below-cost services or outsource its own functions at an above-cost basis. No insurer or insurance producer shall make any payments for the purpose of securing lender-placed insurance business or related services. (Section 379.1857).

The act requires lender-placed insurance to be set forth in its own policy or certificate. Proof of coverage shall be provided in person or by mail to the last known address of the mortgagor, or in accordance with the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, and shall include certain information laid out in the act. (Section 379.1861).

Policy forms and certificates and premium rates shall be filed with the Department of Commerce and Insurance, which shall review the rates to determine whether they are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory, and whether expenses included in the rate are appropriate. Rates shall be filed at least once every 4 years, and all insurers shall have separate rates for lender-placed insurance and voluntary insurance obtained by a mortgage servicer on real estate owned property, as defined in the act. The act requires insurers writing at least $100,000 in lender-placed insurance to annually report certain financial information to the Department of Commerce and Insurance, and specifies that except in the case of lender-placed flood insurance, insurers experiencing an annual loss ratio of less than 35% for two consecutive years shall re-file rates. Except as otherwise provided in the act, rates and forms shall be filed as required by law. (Section 379.1863).

The Director of the Department of Commerce and Insurance shall have authority to enforce the provisions of the act, subject to judicial review as provided by law. The act shall not be construed to create a private cause of action, or to extinguish any mortgagor rights otherwise available under state, federal, or common law. (Section 379.1865).

Lastly, the act specifies potential penalties for violations of the act, including monetary penalties and suspension or revocation of an insurer's license. (Section 379.1867).

These provisions are identical to SB 101 (2023) and provisions in SS/SB 181 (2023).



No Amendments Found.