HB 279

Sponsor
Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Insurance contracts, homeowners, discounts for wind mitigation, evidence of certification in lieu of construction records, Secs. 27-31D-1, 27-31D-2 am'd.
Description

Under existing law, an insurance customer may receive a premium discount for meeting certain construction standards designed to make a home resistant to strong winds if the home is certified as meeting the standards adopted by the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) or other building code requirements. Existing law also requires the insurance customer to submit copies of construction records to insurers to qualify for the premium discount

This bill would, for those properties certified as meeting the IBHS standards, remove the requirement for customers to submit copies of construction records to insurers to qualify for premium discounts and, for those IBHS certified properties, require instead submission of evidence of certification

Relating to insurance; to amend Sections 27-31D-1 and 27-31D-2, Code of Alabama 1975; to remove the requirement that insurance customers submit copies of construction records to insurers to qualify for premium discounts for properties certified as meeting certain fortified building standards and to require instead for the submission of evidence of construction certification.

Subjects
Insurance
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Under existing law, an insurance customer may receive a premium discount for meeting certain construction standards designed to make a home resistant to strong winds if the home is certified as meeting the standards adopted by the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) or other building code requirements. Existing law also requires the insurance customer to submit copies of construction records to insurers to qualify for the premium discount

This bill would, for those properties certified as meeting the IBHS standards, remove the requirement for customers to submit copies of construction records to insurers to qualify for premium discounts and, for those IBHS certified properties, require instead submission of evidence of certification

Relating to insurance; to amend Sections 27-31D-1 and 27-31D-2, Code of Alabama 1975; to remove the requirement that insurance customers submit copies of construction records to insurers to qualify for premium discounts for properties certified as meeting certain fortified building standards and to require instead for the submission of evidence of construction certification.

Section 1

Sections 27-31D-1 and 27-31D-2, Code of Alabama 1975, are amended to read as follows:

§27-31D-1.

(a) Commencing on May 14, 2009, insurance companies shall provide a premium discount or insurance rate reduction in an amount and manner as established in subsection (d) and pursuant to Section 27-31D-3. In addition, insurance companies may also offer additional adjustments in deductible, other credit rate differentials, or a combination thereof, collectively referred to as adjustments. These adjustments shall be available under the terms specified in this section to any owner who builds or locates a new insurable property, in the State of Alabama, to resist loss due to hurricane or other catastrophic windstorm events.

(b) To obtain the adjustment provided in this section, an insurable property located in this state shall be certified as constructed in accordance with either of the following:

(1) The the 2006 International Residential Code, as amended, including all hurricane mitigation construction requirements, or.

(2) The the Fortified For Safe Living Standards (FFSLS), as may from time to time be adopted by the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), or a successor entity, or the Fortified Commercial Standard (FCS), as, from time to time, may be adopted by the Institute for Business and Home Safety or a successor entity IBHS.

(c) An insurable property shall be certified as conforming to the applicable building code only after an inspection of the insurable property has been satisfactorily completed by a certified or licensed building inspector and certified to be conforming to the applicable building code including all hurricane or high wind and hail mitigation construction requirements.

(d) An insurable property shall be certified as conforming to FFSLS or FCS criteria only after inspection and certification by an FFSLS or FCS IBHS certified inspector.

(c)(e) An owner of insurable property claiming an adjustment pursuant to this section subsection (c) and subdivision (1) of subsection (b) shall maintain sufficient certification records and construction records including, but not limited to, a certification of compliance with the applicable building code or FFSLS or FCS criteria provided in subdivision (1) of subsection (b), receipts from contractors, receipts for materials, and records from local building officials.

(f) An owner of insurable property claiming an adjustment pursuant to subsection (d) and subdivision (2) of subsection (b) shall maintain the IBHS certification documentation, which shall be considered proof of compliance with the FFSLS or FCS requirements described in subsection (d) and subdivision (2) of subsection (b).

(g) The records required by this section shall be subject to audit by the Commissioner of Insurance, or his or her representatives, and copies of any such records.

(h) Evidence of IBHS certification as provided for in subsection (d) and subdivision (2) of subsection (b) shall be presented to the insurer or potential insurer of a property owner before the adjustment becomes effective for the insurable property.

(i) The records required to be maintained by subsection (e) shall be presented to the insurer or potential insurer of a property owner before the adjustment becomes effective for the insurable property.

(d)(j) Insurers required to submit rates and rating plans to the commissioner shall submit an actuarially justified rating plan for any person who builds an insurable property to comply with the sets of requirements of subsection (b) this section. An insurer is not required to provide the same amount of adjustment for a building code insurable property as the insurer would to an FFSLS or FCS insurable property. An adjustment shall only apply to policies that provide wind coverage and may apply to that portion of the premium for wind coverage or to the total premium if the insurer does not separate out its premium for wind coverage in its rate filing. The adjustment shall apply exclusively to the premium designated for the improved insurable property. In addition to the requirements of this section, an insurer may voluntarily offer any other mitigation adjustment that the insurer deems appropriate.

§27-31D-2.

(a) Commencing on May 14, 2009, insurance companies shall provide a premium discount or insurance rate reduction in an amount and manner as established in subsection (d) and pursuant to Section 27-31D-3. In addition, insurance companies may also offer additional adjustments in deductible, other credit rate differentials, or a combination thereof, collectively referred to as adjustments. These adjustments shall be available under the terms specified in this section to any owner who retrofits his or her insurable property located in the State of Alabama to resist loss due to hurricane or other catastrophic windstorm events.

(b) To obtain the adjustment provided in this section, an insurable property shall be retrofitted to any of the following:

(1) The the Fortified Home: Hurricane Standards (FHH), or the Fortified Home: Highwind and Hail Standards (FHWH) requirements as may from time to time be adopted by the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), or a successor entity, or other.

(2) Another mitigation program, or other construction technique, or other standardized code which may be submitted by each insurer and approved by the commissioner.

(3) Zone three HUD code manufactured homes shall also be retrofitted as defined in the Fortified Home-Hurricane: Manufactured/Modular Home Guidelines (FHHM) requirements as may from time to time be adopted by the Institute for Business and Home Safety IBHS.

(c) An insurable property shall be certified as conforming to Fortified Commercial Standard or Fortified Home requirements only after inspection and certification by an FCS or Fortified Home IBHS certified inspector.

(d) Certification of conformity of an insurable property with the other mitigation program, other construction technique, or other standardized code shall be made only by a certified or licensed building inspector.

(c)(e) An owner of insurable property claiming an adjustment pursuant to this section subsection (d) and subdivision (2) of subsection (b) shall maintain sufficient certification records and construction records including, but not limited to, a certification of compliance with the mitigation program, construction technique, or standardized building code, as applicable, or FCS or Fortified Home as provided in subdivision (2) of subsection (b), receipts from contractors, receipts for materials, and records from local building officials. The records shall be subject to audit by the commissioner, or his or her representatives, and copies of any such the records shall be presented to the insurer or potential insurer of a property owner before the adjustment becomes effective for the insurable property.

(f) An owner of insurable property claiming an adjustment pursuant to subsection (c) and subdivision (1) or (3) of subsection (b) shall maintain the IBHS certification documentation, which shall be considered proof of compliance with the FCS or Fortified Home requirements described in subsection (c) and subdivision (1) or (3) of subsection (b). The certification shall be presented to the insurer or potential insurer of a property owner before the adjustment becomes effective for the insurable property.

(d)(g) Insurers required to submit rates and rating plans to the commissioner shall submit actuarially justified rating plans for any person who retrofits an insurable property to comply with the sets of alternatives provided in subsection (b). The adjustment shall only apply to policies that provide wind coverage and may apply to that portion of the premium for wind coverage or to the total premium if the insurer does not separate out its premium for wind coverage in its rate filing. The adjustment shall apply exclusively to the premium designated for the improved insurable property. In addition to the requirements of this section, an insurer may voluntarily offer any other mitigation adjustment that the insurer deems appropriate."

Section 2

This act shall become effective immediately following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 8, 2018HDelivered to Governor at 4:32 p.m. on March 8, 2018.
March 8, 2018HAssigned Act No. 2018-249 on 03/15/2018.
March 8, 2018HEnrolled
March 8, 2018SSignature Requested
March 8, 2018HPassed Second House
March 8, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 736
March 8, 2018SThird Reading Passed
March 1, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
February 20, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Banking and Insurance
February 15, 2018HMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 360
February 15, 2018HThird Reading Passed
February 1, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
January 23, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Insurance
2018-03-08
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-02-15
Chamber: House
Result: Passed