SB1299T-RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY INSURANCE
Summary of the Truly Agreed Version of the Bill

HCS SB 1299 -- RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY INSURANCE

This bill changes the laws regarding insurance and amends
provisions of the Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty
Association Act.  The bill:

(1)  Expands the guaranty association's obligations for claims
arising from bodily injury, sickness, or disease to include
damages for pain and suffering;

(2)  Limits the claims for any one insolvent insurer to $10
million;

(3)  Expands the list of insurance products to which the guaranty
association assessments will not apply, including insurance on
warranties and service contracts, vendors' single-interest
insurance, collateral protection insurance, any forms of
insurance offering protection against investment risk, and the
portion of any insurance provided or guaranteed by any
government;

(4)  Limits claims for unearned premiums to $25,000 per policy;

(5)  Requires claims to be filed within 18 months of the date of
the liquidation order;

(6)  Clarifies that the association is not deemed to be the
insolvent insurer for the purpose of establishing personal
jurisdiction of the courts of any state; and

(7)  Clarifies that any obligation to defend the insolvent
insurer terminates with the payment of the association's claim
limit.

In other provisions governing insurance, the bill:

(1)  Changes the definition of "renewal" as it relates to
automobile insurance.  Any automobile insurance policy with a
term of less than six months or with no fixed expiration date
will be considered a six-month policy.  Under current law, the
default term is 12 months;

(2)  Repeals the bond requirement for acquiring a license to sell
surplus lines of insurance; and

(3)  Increases from $100,000 to $200,000 the maximum limit of
liability on a residential property in the Missouri Basic
Property Insurance Inspection and Placement Program and makes the
insurance contracts in the program subject to credit scoring
underwriting restrictions.

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Missouri House of Representatives
92nd General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
Last Updated September 23, 2004 at 11:16 am