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    Subdivision 1. Commissioner; appointment. The commissioner of commerce shall be
appointed by the governor under the provisions of section 15.06. All of the commissioner's time
shall be devoted to the duties of the office.
    Subd. 2. Powers of commissioner. The commissioner shall have and exercise the power to
enforce all the laws of this state relating to insurance, and shall enforce all the provisions of the
laws of this state relating to insurance in the manner provided by the laws defining the powers and
duties of the commissioner of commerce, or, in the absence of any law prescribing the procedure,
by any reasonable procedure the commissioner prescribes.
    Subd. 3. Commissioner may appoint. (1) Official staff. The commissioner may appoint a
deputy or assistant commissioner of commerce to assist in the commissioner's duties, an actuary, a
chief examiner, a statistician, and such assistants to these employees and such stenographic and
clerical help as may be required for the proper conduct of the Department of Commerce.
(2) Duties of departmental officials. In the absence or disability of the commissioner, the
commissioner's duties shall be performed by the deputy or assistant commissioner of commerce.
The actuary of the department shall, under the direction of the commissioner, make such valuation
of life insurance policies as shall be necessary, from time to time, to the proper supervision of
life insurance companies transacting business in this state, and shall perform such other actuarial
duties, including the visitation and examination of insurance companies, as the commissioner
may prescribe. The chief and assistant examiners shall, under the direction of the commissioner,
devote their principal time to necessary or required examinations of insurance companies, and
perform such other duties as the commissioner may prescribe. Other salaried employees of the
Department of Commerce shall be under the direction of the commissioner and perform such
duties, in connection with the Department of Commerce, as the commissioner may prescribe.
(3) Consulting actuary, appointment and compensation. The commissioner may, when
the commissioner shall deem it necessary, appoint any experienced and competent professional
insurance actuary to personally make or conduct, or assist in making or conducting, an
examination of any insurance company admitted, or applying for admission, to do business in this
state, on condition that the commissioner shall have previously filed with the secretary of state a
written declaration designating such person, by name and address, as a consulting actuary of the
Department of Commerce. In this case, the commissioner shall fix a reasonable compensation
for the actuary on a per diem basis for the actual time employed in making or conducting, or
assisting to make or conduct, the examination, which compensation, together with the amount
of the necessary expenses actually incurred by the actuary, including expenses of any necessary
appraisal or clerical assistance, shall be charged to the company and paid by it to the actuary.
(4) Appraiser, appointment and compensation. The commissioner, when deeming it
necessary, may appoint any qualified person to make an appraisal of any or all of the assets of
any such company. Such person shall be paid such reasonable fees for the appraisal as may be
approved by the commissioner and shall also be paid necessary expenses actually incurred in
connection with the services. Such compensation and expenses shall be paid by the company.
    Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1969 c 7 s 2]
    Subd. 5. Examination fees and expenses. When any visitation, examination, or appraisal
is made by order of the commissioner, the company being examined, visited, or appraised,
including, but not limited to, fraternals, township mutuals, reciprocal exchanges, nonprofit service
plan corporations, health maintenance organizations, vendors of risk management services
licensed under section 60A.23, or self-insurance plans or pools established under section 176.181
or 471.982, shall pay to the Department of Commerce the necessary expenses of the persons
engaged in the examination, visit, appraisal, or desk audits of annual statements and records
performed by the department other than on the company premises plus the per diem salary fees
of the employees of the Department of Commerce who are conducting or participating in the
examination, visitation, appraisal, or desk audit. The per diem salary fees may be based upon the
approved examination fee schedules of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners
or otherwise determined by the commissioner. All of these fees and expenses must be paid into
the Department of Commerce revolving fund.
    Subd. 6. Examination revolving fund. (1) Revolving fund created. There is hereby created
the Department of Commerce examination revolving fund for the purpose of carrying on the
examination of foreign and domestic insurance companies.
(2) Money in revolving fund. Such fund shall consist of the $7,500 appropriated therefor
and the money transferred to it as herein provided, which are reappropriated to the commissioner
of commerce for the purpose of this subdivision.
(3) Fund to be kept in state treasury. Such fund shall be kept in the state treasury and shall
be paid out in the manner prescribed by law for money therein.
(4) Purposes for which fund may be expended. Such fund shall be used for the payment
of per diem salaries and expenses of special examiners and appraisers, and the expenses of
the commissioner of commerce, deputy commissioner of commerce, chief examiner, actuary
other than a consulting actuary appointed under subdivision 3, clause (3) hereof, regular
salaried examiners and other employees of the Department of Commerce when participating in
examinations. Expenses include meals, lodging, laundry, transportation, and mileage. The salary
of regular employees of the Division of Insurance shall not be paid out of this fund.
(5) Collections to be deposited in fund. All money collected by the Division of Insurance
from insurance companies for fees and expenses of examinations, shall be deposited in the
insurance division examination revolving fund.
(6) Payments from such fund. Upon authorization by the commissioner of commerce,
the money due each examiner or employee engaged in an examination shall be paid from the
insurance division examination revolving fund in the manner prescribed by law.
(7) Excess over $25,000 canceled into general fund. The balance in such fund on June 30
of each year in excess of $25,000 shall be forthwith canceled into the general fund.
    Subd. 7.[Repealed, 1969 c 707 s 1; 1969 c 1129 art 4 s 11]
    Subd. 8. Computation of net value; life insurance. (1) Domestic insurers. The
commissioner shall compute, yearly, the net value of all outstanding policies in every company
authorized to insure lives in this state, calculated upon the basis stated in section 61A.25.
(2) Foreign insurers. The commissioner may accept the valuation made by the insurance
commissioner of the state under whose authority a life company was organized, when that
valuation has been made on sound and recognized principles and on the legal basis provided in
section 61A.25, or its equivalent, when furnished with a certificate of that commissioner setting
forth that value on the last day of the preceding year. Every such life company which fails to
promptly furnish this certificate shall, on demand, furnish the commissioner detailed lists of all its
policies and securities, and shall be liable for all charges and expenses resulting therefrom.
    Subd. 9. Confidentiality of information. The commissioner may not be required to
divulge any information obtained in the course of the supervision of insurance companies, or
the examination of insurance companies, including examination related correspondence and
workpapers, until the examination report is finally accepted and issued by the commissioner,
and then only in the form of the final public report of examinations. Nothing contained in this
subdivision prevents or shall be construed as prohibiting the commissioner from disclosing the
content of this information to the insurance department of another state, the National Association
of Insurance Commissioners, the National Association of Securities Dealers, or any national
securities association registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, if the recipient of
the information agrees in writing to hold it as nonpublic data as defined in section 13.02, in
a manner consistent with this subdivision. This subdivision does not apply to the extent the
commissioner is required or permitted by law, or ordered by a court of law to testify or produce
evidence in a civil or criminal proceeding. For purposes of this subdivision, a subpoena is not
an order of a court of law.
History: 1967 c 395 art 1 s 3; 1969 c 7 s 3; 1969 c 399 s 1; 1969 c 707 s 1; 1969 c 1129
art 4 s 11; 1976 c 2 s 35; 1977 c 305 s 17; 1978 c 470 s 1; 1983 c 289 s 114 subd 1; 1983 c 328
s 2; 1984 c 655 art 1 s 92; 1985 c 248 s 20; 1986 c 444; 1990 c 573 s 19; 1991 c 325 art 10 s
2; 1992 c 540 art 2 s 1; 1992 c 564 art 1 s 14; 1994 c 485 s 5; 1995 c 214 s 2; 2004 c 285
art 4 s 2; 2004 c 290 s 21

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