41-2707. Filing of title insurance rates — Hearings. (1) Pursuant to such regulations as the director of the department of insurance may adopt, every title insurer or rating organization shall file with the director of the department of insurance its schedule of rates, basic classifications of policies or contracts, and rules pertaining thereto, and every modification of any of the foregoing, and the director of the department of insurance may file for modifications of any of such rates, basic classifications, and rules previously filed and approved or under consideration for approval. Every filing by a title insurer, rating organization of the director of the department of insurance shall propose an effective date and shall not be effective until:
(a) notice of such filing shall forthwith be given to title insurers qualified to do business in the state of Idaho and the filing shall be available for public inspection for thirty (30) days after its date of filing;
(b) any interested party may file comments on and objections to the proposed filing or any part set forth therein during said period of public inspection;
(c) in the event of a filing by a title insurer or rating organization, whether or not comment or objection thereon has been received, which, in the judgment of the director, meets the requirements of section 41-2706, Idaho Code, the same may be approved without public hearing; and
(d) on any filing by an insurer or rating organization which upon review the director believes he may disapprove, or on a filing made by the director, the director shall hold a public hearing on or before sixty (60) days from the date of the original filing upon not less than ten (10) days’ written notice of the hearing specifying in reasonable detail the matters to be considered at such hearing, notice to be given to every title insurer and title insurance rating organization, and to such other persons who have filed objection or comment thereto.
Upon such hearing, and not later than thirty (30) days thereafter, the director of the department of insurance shall order all or any part of such filing which he deems approved to be in effect as of the date of such order, and if he finds the filing or a part thereof does not meet the requirements of title 41, Idaho Code, he shall issue an order specifying in what respects he finds that it so fails, stating when, within a reasonable period thereafter, such filing or a part thereof shall no longer be deemed effective if such filing or a part thereof has been effective prior thereto. Such order shall not affect any contract or policy made or issued prior to the effective date of said order changing any rate, or policy classification or form.
A title insurer, a title insurance rating organization or the director shall have the right at any time prior to an order thereon to withdraw a filing or a part thereof. Notice of such withdrawal shall be sent to each title insurer in the state that received notice of the original filing and to any person commenting on the filing.
(2) Any person or organization, other than a title insurer or title insurance rating organization, aggrieved by any filing in effect or proposed may make written application to the director specifying in reasonable detail the grounds of the objection relied upon by the applicant. The director, upon finding such application is made in good faith, there is reasonable cause for the grounds alleged by the applicant, that the applicant would be so aggrieved if his grounds are established, and that such grounds otherwise justify holding a hearing, shall, within ninety (90) days after receipt of such application, hold a hearing upon not less than thirty (30) days’ written notice to the applicant and to every title insurer, title insurance rating organization, and agent involved in the filing challenged. If, after such hearing, the director finds that the filing or a part thereof does not meet the requirements of title 41, Idaho Code, he shall issue an order specifying in what respect he finds that such filing or part thereof fails to meet the requirements, and stating when, within a reasonable period thereafter, such filing or a part thereof shall be deemed no longer effective. Copies of the order shall be sent to the applicant and to every such title insurer and title insurance rating organization and agent. Such order shall not affect any contract or policy made or issued prior to the expiration of the period set forth in the order.
(3) No filing nor any modification thereof shall be disapproved if the rate in connection therewith meets the requirements of this chapter.
[I.C., sec. 41-2707, as added by 1973, ch. 135, sec. 4, p. 252; am. 1977, ch. 142, sec. 9, p. 310.]