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EXEMPT FILING NOTIFICATION PURSUANT TO THE INSURANCE CODE

CHAPTER 5, SUBCHAPTER L, ARTICLE 5.96

ADOPTION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE TEXAS BASIC MANUAL OF

RULES, CLASSIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE RATING PLAN FOR

WORKERS´ COMPENSATION AND EMPLOYERS´ LIABILITY INSURANCE

The Commissioner of Insurance adopted the amendments proposed by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) staff in a petition filed on November 25, 2003 . Notice of the proposal (Reference No. W-1103-23-I) was published in the December 5, 2003 issue of the Texas Register (28 TexReg 10975). No hearing was requested on this matter. TDI received no comments concerning the proposed amendments.

The Commissioner adopts the amendments proposed by staff. The purpose of these amendments to Rule XVIII ­ Group Purchase of Workers´ Compensation in the Texas Basic Manual of Rules, Classifications and Experience Rating Plan for Workers´ Compensation and Employers´ Liability Insurance (the Manual) is to implement Section 2 of HB 1865, which passed during the 78 th Legislature. This bill amended Article 5.57A of the Texas Insurance Code by expanding the definition of "group" to include two or more members of a trade association of business entities that join together with the approval of the Commissioner to purchase individual workers´ compensation insurance policies covering each participating trade association member.

The adopted amendments to the Manual are on file in the Chief Clerk´s Office of the Texas Department of Insurance under Reference No. W-1103-23-I and are incorporation by reference into Commissioner´s Order No. 04-0043.

The staff requests that the proposed amendments to the Manual as proposed herein be adopted effective 15 days after notice of adoption is published in the Texas Register .

The Commissioner has jurisdiction of this matter pursuant to Articles 5.57A and 5.96 of the Texas Insurance Code.

The agency hereby certifies that the adoption has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be within the agency´s authority to adopt.

IT IS THEREFORE THE ORDER of the Commissioner of Insurance that the amendments proposed by staff to the Manual be and hereby are adopted.

IT IS FURTHER ORDRED that the proposed amendments to the Texas Basic Manual of Rules, Classifications and Experience Rating Plan for Workers´ Compensation and Employers´ Liability Insurance will go into effect 15 days after notice of adoption is published in the Texas Register .



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