The Commissioner of Insurance adopts an amendment to §25.88 concerning an assessment which will be used to cover the general administrative expense assessment of insurance premium finance companies. The amendment is adopted without changes to the proposed text published in the November 3, 2000, issue of the Texas Register (25 TexReg 10876) and will not be republished.
The amendment is necessary to adjust the rate of assessment so that it is sufficient to meet the expenses of performing the department's statutory responsibilities for examining, investigation, and regulating insurance premium finance companies.
The department levies the rate of assessment set in the section to cover the 2001 fiscal year´s general administrative expense and will collect from each insurance premium finance company on the basis of a percentage of total loan dollar volume for the 2000 calendar year. The department estimates that $328,608 will be collected for the state's general revenue fund.
No comments were received.
The amendment is adopted under the Insurance Code, Articles 24.06(c), 24.09, and §36.001. Article 24.06(c) provides that each insurance premium finance company licensed by the department shall pay an amount assessed by the department to cover the direct and indirect cost of examinations and investigations and a proportionate share of general administrative expense attributable to regulation of insurance premium finance companies. Article 24.09 authorizes the department to adopt and enforce rules necessary to carry out provisions of the Insurance Code concerning the regulation of insurance premium finance companies. Section 36.001 authorizes the Commissioner of Insurance to adopt rules for the conduct and execution of the duties and functions of the department.
§25.88. General Administrative Expense Assessment. On or before April 1, 2001, each insurance premium finance company holding a license issued by the department under the Insurance Code, Chapter 24, shall pay an assessment to cover the general administrative expenses attributable to the regulation of insurance premium finance companies. Payment shall be sent to the Texas Department of Insurance, Examinations Division, Mail Code #305-2E, 333 Guadalupe , P. O. Box 149104, Austin, Texas 78701-9104. The assessment to cover general administrative expenses shall be computed and paid as follows.
(1) The amount of the assessment shall be computed as .01684 of 1.0% of the total loan dollar volume of the company for the calendar year 2000.
(2) If the amount of the assessment computed under paragraph (1) of this section is less than $250, the amount of the assessment shall be $250.