HB 1504 Insurance companies; investments in derivative transactions, etc.
R. Lee Ware, Jr. | all patrons    ...    notes
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Summary as introduced:
Insurance companies; investments in derivative transactions; exercising qualified financial contracts upon insolvency or delinquency.  Establishes conditions under which domestic insurers may engage in transactions involving derivative instruments, including options, warrants, caps, floors, collars, swaps, forwards, and futures. Derivative instruments may be used to engage in hedging transactions and replication transactions provided insurers establish written guidelines for their use and procedures to determine that their transactions comply with such guidelines. The guidelines shall be submitted to the State Corporation Commission (SCC) for prior approval. The SCC may adopt rules and regulations for derivative transactions including financial solvency standards, valuation standards, and reporting requirements. An insurer engaged in hedging transactions shall demonstrate to the SCC the ongoing effectiveness of the derivative transaction or combination of the transactions through cash flow testing or other analyses. Limits are established on the percentage of assets that may be used in hedging transactions. An insurer's replication transactions are required to comply with limitations on investments by the insurer, and the aggregate statement value of all assets being replicated is limited to 10 percent of the insurer's admitted assets. The measure also provides rules regarding a person's ability to exercise a contractual right to terminate obligations under a netting agreement or qualified financial contract with an insurer because of the insurer's insolvency, financial condition, or default or the commencement of a delinquency proceeding against the insurer. A receiver may not avoid a transfer arising under or in connection with a netting agreement or qualified financial contract that is made before the commencement of a delinquency proceeding unless the transfer was made with actual intent to hinder, delay, or defraud the insurer, a receiver, or creditors. If a receiver disaffirms or repudiates a netting agreement or qualified financial contract within a reasonable period after the commencement of a delinquency proceeding, the claim of a counterparty against the estate arising from the disaffirmance or repudiation shall be allowed or disallowed as if the claim arose before the filing of the petition for liquidation or rehabilitation. The measure also provides that the prohibition on investments by domestic insurers in securities that will subject the insurer to any assessment does not include ordinary contractual payments or the transfer of collateral or margin made under derivative instruments. The measure includes an enactment clause that allows insurers currently investing in derivative instruments to continue doing so after the effective date of this act provided they submit guidelines to the SCC for review by April 1, 2011.

Full text:
12/17/10  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101964D  pdf
01/21/11  House: Printed as engrossed 11101964D-E  pdf | impact statement
02/23/11  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1504ER)  pdf | impact statement
03/16/11  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0198)  pdf

Amendments:
House amendments

Status:
12/17/10  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101964D
12/17/10  House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/18/11  House: Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (21-Y 0-N)
01/20/11  House: Read first time
01/21/11  House: Read second time
01/21/11  House: Committee amendment agreed to
01/21/11  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB1504E
01/21/11  House: Printed as engrossed 11101964D-E
01/24/11  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/24/11  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
01/25/11  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/25/11  Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/14/11  Senate: Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)
02/16/11  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/17/11  Senate: Read third time
02/17/11  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/23/11  House: Enrolled
02/23/11  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1504ER)
02/23/11  House: Signed by Speaker
02/23/11  Senate: Signed by President
03/16/11  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 198 (effective 7/1/11)
03/16/11  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0198)