TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE

RULE REVIEW PLAN

TDI rules which are codified in Part I of Title 28 of the Texas Administrative Code will be reviewed on a regular basis to identify rules that are unnecessary, as well as rules that can be revised, consolidated, or otherwise clarified. The review of rules under this policy will include, at a minimum, an assessment of whether the reason for adopting or readopting each rule continues to exist. Tex. H.B. 1, art. IX, §167, 75th Leg., R.S. (1997).

Approximately one-half (1/2) of TDI rules will be reviewed every even-numbered year. A review of all rules which became final before September 1, 1997, will be completed no later than August 31, 2001. A chapter that is added after the date of this policy and plan will be reviewed within four (4) years of its adoption. Every rule will be reviewed at least once every four (4) years. The review of TDI rules will proceed as follows:

YEAR 1

RULE REVIEWS FOR (1998, 2002, etc.)

Chapter 1. General Administration

Chapter 5. Property and Casualty Insurance

Chapter 7. Corporate and Financial Regulation

Chapter 8. Early Warning System for Insurers in Hazardous Condition

Chapter 9. Title Insurance

Chapter 13. Miscellaneous Insurers

Chapter 15. Surplus Lines Insurance

Chapter 19. Agent's Licensing

Chapter 21. Trade Practices

YEAR 2

RULE REVIEWS FOR (2000, 2004, etc.)

Chapter 3. Life, Accident and Health Insurance and Annuities

Chapter 11. Health Maintenance Organizations

Chapter 23. Prepaid Legal Service

Chapter 25. Insurance Premium Finance

Chapter 26. Small Employer Health Insurance Regulations

Chapter 28. Supervision and Conservation

Chapter 29. Guaranty Acts

Chapter 31. Liquidation

Chapter 33. Continuing Care Retirement Facilities

Chapter 34. State Fire Marshall

The review of rules under this policy will be coordinated by the Legal and Compliance Division of TDI in cooperation with TDI's Chief Clerk and General Counsel.

Before beginning the rule review process under this policy, TDI will file with the Texas Register a notice of intention to review rules in accordance with procedures established by the Texas Register Division of the Secretary of State's office. Tex. H.B. 1, art. IX, §167, 75th Leg., R.S. (1997).

If, as a result of the review provided for in this policy, a rule is identified for repeal, revision or consolidation, an effort will be made to publish the notice of proposed repeal, amendment, or consolidation of the rule in the Texas Register in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act on or before August 1 of the specified year.

TDI will file this policy and plan with the Governor, the Legislative Budget Board and the Secretary of State no later than August 31, 1998. TDI will cause notice of this policy and plan to be published in the Texas Register no later than August 31, 1998. Tex. H.B. 1, art. IX, §167, 75th Leg., R.S. (1997).

Nothing in this policy and plan shall be construed to prohibit an Associate Commissioner from directing that the rules for which his or her division is primarily responsible be reviewed more often or sooner than specified in this policy.