ACQUISITIONS OF CONTROL AND INSURANCE HOLDING COMPANY SYSTEMS
41-3814. Examination. (1) Power of director. Subject to the limitation contained in this section and in addition to the authority the director has under chapter 2, title 41, Idaho Code, relating to the examination of insurers, the director shall have the power to examine any insurer registered under section 41-3809, Idaho Code, and its affiliates to ascertain the financial condition of the insurer, including the enterprise risk to the insurer by the ultimate controlling party, or by any entity or combination of entities within the insurance holding company system, or by the insurance holding company system on a consolidated basis.
(2) The director may order any insurer registered under section 41-3809, Idaho Code, to produce such records, books or other information in the possession or control of the insurer or its affiliates as are reasonably necessary to determine compliance with this chapter. For such purpose, the director may order any insurer registered under section 41-3809, Idaho Code, to produce information not in the possession of the insurer if the insurer can obtain access to such information pursuant to contractual relationships, statutory obligations or other method. In the event the insurer cannot obtain the information requested by the director, the insurer shall provide the director with a detailed explanation of the reason that the insurer cannot obtain the information and the identity of the holder of information. Whenever it appears to the director that the detailed explanation is without merit, the director may require, after notice and the opportunity for a hearing, that the insurer pay a penalty in the amount and in the manner provided in section 41-3819(1), Idaho Code, and may suspend or revoke the insurer’s license.
(3) The director may retain at the registered insurer’s expense such attorneys, actuaries, accountants and other experts not otherwise a part of the director’s staff as shall be reasonably necessary to assist in the conduct of the examination referenced in subsection (1) of this section. Persons so retained shall be under the direction and control of the director for the purposes stated herein and shall act in a purely advisory capacity.
(4) Each registered insurer producing for examination records, books and papers pursuant to subsection (1) of this section shall be liable for and shall pay the expense of examination in accordance with the provisions of section 41-228, Idaho Code, and applicable rules promulgated by the director.
(5) In the event the insurer fails to comply with an order issued by the director, the director shall have the power to examine the insurer’s affiliates to obtain the information. The director shall also have the power to issue subpoenas, to administer oaths and to examine under oath any person for purposes of determining compliance with the provisions of this section. Upon the failure or refusal of any person to obey a subpoena issued by the director, the director may petition a court of competent jurisdiction and, upon proper showing, the court may enter an order compelling the witness to appear and testify or produce documentary evidence. Failure to obey the court order shall be punishable as contempt of court. Every person shall be obligated to attend as a witness at the place specified in the subpoena, when subpoenaed, anywhere within the state. He shall be entitled to the same fees and mileage, if claimed, as a witness in the district court, which fees, mileage and actual expense, if any, necessarily incurred in securing the attendance of witnesses, and their testimony, shall be itemized and charged against and be paid by the company being examined.
[41-3814, added 2013, ch. 266, sec. 2, p. 670.]