Rates shall be made in accordance with the following provisions.
A. Manual, minimum, class rates, rating schedules or rating plans shall be made and
adopted, except in the case of specific inland marine rates on risks specially rated. [1969, c. 132, §1 (NEW).]
B. Rates shall not be excessive, inadequate or unfairly discriminatory. [1969, c. 132, §1 (NEW).]
C. Due consideration must be given:
(1) To past and prospective loss experience within and outside this State;
(2) To the conflagration and catastrophe hazards;
(3) To a reasonable margin for underwriting profit and contingencies;
(4) To dividends, savings or unabsorbed premium deposits allowed or returned by
insurers to their policyholders, members or subscribers;
(5) To past and prospective expenses both countrywide and those specially applicable
to this State;
(6) To all other relevant factors within and outside this State;
(7) In the case of fire insurance rates, to the experience of the fire insurance
business during a period of not less than the most recent 5-year period for which
such experience is available; and
(8) In the case of title insurance rates, to the reasonableness of commission levels
and other acquisition costs both countrywide and those specifically applicable to
this State. [1991, c. 885, Pt. B, §2 (AMD); 1991, c. 885, Pt. B, §13 (AFF).]
G. Risks may be grouped by classifications for the establishment of rates and minimum
premiums. Classification rates may be modified to produce rates for individual risks
in accordance with rating plans that establish standards for measuring variations
in hazards or expense provisions, or both. These standards may measure any differences
among risks that may have a probable effect upon losses or expenses. No risk classification
may be based upon race, creed, national origin or the religion of the insured. [1989, c. 797, §4 (NEW); 1989, c. 797, §§37, 38 (AFF).]
H. The expense provisions included in the rates to be used by an insurer must reflect
the operating methods of the insurer and its anticipated expenses. [1989, c. 797, §4 (NEW); 1989, c. 797, §§37, 38 (AFF).]
I. Rates may contain a provision for contingencies and an allowance permitting a reasonable
profit. In determining the reasonableness of the profit allowance, consideration
must be given to investment income. [1989, c. 797, §4 (NEW); 1989, c. 797, §§37, 38 (AFF).]
1991, c. 885, Pt. B, §2 (AMD);
1991, c. 885, Pt. B, §13 (AFF)
Nothing in this section shall be taken to prohibit as unreasonable or unfairly discriminatory
the establishment of classifications or modifications of classifications or risks
based upon size, expense, management, individual experience, purpose of insurance,
location or dispersion of hazard, or any other reasonable considerations, provided
such classifications and modifications apply to all risks under the same or substantially
similar circumstances or conditions.
1969, c. 132, §1 (NEW)
2007, c. 188, Pt. A, §1 (RP)
Rates made in accordance with this section may be used subject to this chapter.
1969, c. 132, §1 (NEW)
1969, c. 132, §1 (NEW).
1983, c. 17, (AMD).
1983, c. 551, §1 (AMD).
1985, c. 372, §§B3,4 (AMD).
1987, c. 559, §A2 (AMD).
1989, c. 351, §5 (AMD).
1989, c. 797, §§3-6 (AMD).
1989, c. 797, §§37,38 (AFF).
1991, c. 885, §B2 (AMD).
1991, c. 885, §B13 (AFF).
2007, c. 188, Pt. A, §1 (AMD).
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