PRINTER'S NO. 668
No. 602 Session of 2007
INTRODUCED BY WATERS, BISHOP, BLACKWELL, FREEMAN, GEORGE, GIBBONS, JAMES, KIRKLAND, MYERS, PALLONE, PARKER, SOLOBAY, WALKO, WHEATLEY AND SIPTROTH, MARCH 6, 2007
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON INSURANCE, MARCH 6, 2007
AN ACT 1 Amending the act of May 17, 1921 (P.L.789, No.285), entitled, as 2 amended, "An act relating to insurance; establishing an 3 insurance department; and amending, revising, and 4 consolidating the law relating to the licensing, 5 qualification, regulation, examination, suspension, and 6 dissolution of insurance companies, Lloyds associations, 7 reciprocal and inter-insurance exchanges, and certain 8 societies and orders, the examination and regulation of fire 9 insurance rating bureaus, and the licensing and regulation of 10 insurance agents and brokers; the service of legal process 11 upon foreign insurance companies, associations or exchanges; 12 providing penalties, and repealing existing laws," providing 13 for use of credit history of insureds; and further providing 14 for penalties imposed by Insurance Department. 15 The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 16 hereby enacts as follows: 17 Section 1. The act of May 17, 1921 (P.L.789, No.285), known 18 as The Insurance Department Act of 1921, is amended by adding a 19 section to read: 20 Section 652-A. Use of credit history of insured. 21 (a) General rule.--An insurer shall not deny, cancel or 22 refuse to renew or raise the premium of personal insurance due 23 in whole or in part to an insured's credit history.
1 (b) Enforcement.--Upon satisfactory evidence of a violation 2 of this section by any insurer or insurance producer or on 3 satisfactory evidence of such conduct that would disqualify the 4 insurance producer from initial issuance of a certificate of 5 qualification under former section 604 or 622 or under this 6 article, the department may pursue any one or more of the 7 following courses of action regardless of whether the insurance 8 producer was previously so authorized by the department: 9 (1) Suspend or revoke or refuse to renew the certificate 10 of qualification or license of the offending party or 11 parties. 12 (2) Impose a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 for 13 each action in violation of any of the provisions of this 14 section. 15 (3) Issue an order to cease and desist. 16 (4) Impose such other conditions as the department may 17 deem appropriate. 18 (c) Rules and regulations.--The department may adopt such 19 rules and regulations as are necessary to administer this 20 section. 21 (d) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following 22 words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this 23 subsection: 24 "Credit history." A written, oral or other communication of 25 information by a consumer reporting agency bearing on a 26 consumer's credit worthiness, credit standing or credit 27 capacity, which is used, expected to be used or collected in 28 whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in 29 establishing personal insurance premiums or eligibility for 30 coverage. 20070H0602B0668 - 2 -
1 "Personal insurance." Property and casualty insurance to be 2 used primarily for personal, family or household purposes, such 3 as homeowner and private passenger automobile insurance. 4 Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days. A17L40BIL/20070H0602B0668 - 3 -