HJ586: Producer licensing examination candidates; Bureau of Insurance within SCC to collect information.


HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 586
Requesting the Bureau of Insurance within the State Corporation Commission to collect demographic and other information from producer licensing examination candidates. Report.

 

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 4, 2011
Agreed to by the Senate, February 22, 2011

 

WHEREAS, the 2008 Regular Session of the General Assembly, through the passage of House Joint Resolution 196, requested that the Bureau of Insurance within the State Corporation Commission collect certain demographic and other information from producer licensing examination candidates; and

WHEREAS, the Bureau of Insurance protects the citizens of the Commonwealth by following its ongoing mission to ensure that such citizens are provided with access to adequate and reliable insurance protection; that the insurance companies selling policies are financially sound to support payment of claims; that the insurance policies are of high quality, are understandable and are fairly priced; and that the licensees selling insurance policies are qualified, and that they conduct business according to statutory and regulatory requirements, as well as acceptable standards of conduct; and

WHEREAS, it is critical that families of all socioeconomic groups in the Commonwealth have access to the financial protection and security offered through insurance products; and

WHEREAS, the preferred choice for most citizens of the Commonwealth is to utilize the knowledge and advice that is provided by licensed insurance producers when purchasing life insurance and other similar financial products; and

WHEREAS, there is a need in the Commonwealth for additional licensed insurance producers willing to provide services to those in a wide variety of socioeconomic groups; and

WHEREAS, the Bureau of Insurance has recognized the need to confirm periodically that licensing examinations are fair, unbiased, and designed to test entry-level knowledge regardless of the race, gender, or educational background of the candidate; and

WHEREAS, the Bureau of Insurance, in order to more adequately meet this need, and to ensure adequate consumer access to insurance products, is continuing to analyze the collected licensing examination candidate data and to make changes to the producer licensing process that will better ensure that the Commonwealth?s examination process effectively protects consumers; and

WHEREAS, the General Assembly recognizes the efforts of the State Corporation Commission?s Bureau of Insurance to ensure that insurance products are accessible to all of Virginia?s citizens, regardless of socioeconomic group; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the Bureau of Insurance within the State Corporation Commission be requested to collect demographic and other information from producer licensing examination candidates. The Bureau of Insurance shall (i) collect information from producer licensing examination candidates for a period of four years commencing July 1, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015, and shall continue posting the information biannually on its homepage through the website of the State Corporation Commission and (ii) continue examining and reviewing the data collected from July 1, 2008, through July 1, 2015.

In addition, the Bureau of Insurance is requested to continue making changes in the licensing examination process that will ensure that the licensing examinations are fair, unbiased, and designed to test entry-level knowledge regardless of the race, gender, or educational background of the candidate.

Technical assistance shall be provided to the Bureau of Insurance by the contracted insurance license examination provider and licensing examination preparatory course providers. All agencies of the Commonwealth shall provide assistance to the Bureau of Insurance within the State Corporation Commission for this study, upon request.

The Bureau of Insurance within the State Corporation Commission shall submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an executive summary and report of its findings and recommendations for publication as a House or Senate document no later than the first day of the 2012 Regular Session of the General Assembly. The executive summary shall include an explanation of changes made to the producer licensing process since July 1, 2008, the effect of those changes on the producer licensing process, and the data and information collected on certain demographic and other information from producer licensing examination candidates.

The executive summaries and reports shall be submitted as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports no later than the first day of the next regular session of the General Assembly and shall be posted on the General Assembly's website.

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 586
Offered January 12, 2011
Prefiled January 10, 2011
Requesting the Bureau of Insurance within the State Corporation Commission to collect demographic and other information from producer licensing examination candidates. Report.
Patron-- Alexander

Referred to Committee on Rules

WHEREAS, the 2008 Regular Session of the General Assembly, through the passage of House Joint Resolution 196, requested that the Bureau of Insurance within the State Corporation Commission collect certain demographic and other information from producer licensing examination candidates; and

WHEREAS, the Bureau of Insurance protects the citizens of the Commonwealth by following its ongoing mission to ensure that such citizens are provided with access to adequate and reliable insurance protection; that the insurance companies selling policies are financially sound to support payment of claims; that the insurance policies are of high quality, are understandable and are fairly priced; and that the licensees selling insurance policies are qualified, and that they conduct business according to statutory and regulatory requirements, as well as acceptable standards of conduct; and

WHEREAS, it is critical that families of all socioeconomic groups in the Commonwealth have access to the financial protection and security offered through insurance products; and

WHEREAS, the preferred choice for most citizens of the Commonwealth is to utilize the knowledge and advice that is provided by licensed insurance producers when purchasing life insurance and other similar financial products; and

WHEREAS, there is a need in the Commonwealth for additional licensed insurance producers willing to provide services to those in a wide variety of socioeconomic groups; and

WHEREAS, the Bureau of Insurance has recognized the need to confirm periodically that licensing examinations are fair, unbiased, and designed to test entry-level knowledge regardless of the race, gender, or educational background of the candidate; and

WHEREAS, the Bureau of Insurance, in order to more adequately meet this need, and to ensure adequate consumer access to insurance products, is continuing to analyze the collected licensing examination candidate data and to make changes to the producer licensing process that will better ensure that the Commonwealth?s examination process effectively protects consumers; and

WHEREAS, the General Assembly recognizes the efforts of the State Corporation Commission?s Bureau of Insurance to ensure that insurance products are accessible to all of Virginia?s citizens, regardless of socioeconomic group; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the Bureau of Insurance within the State Corporation Commission be requested to collect demographic and other information from producer licensing examination candidates. The Bureau of Insurance shall (i) collect information from producer licensing examination candidates for a period of four years commencing July 1, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015, and shall continue posting the information biannually on its homepage through the website of the State Corporation Commission and (ii) continue examining and reviewing the data collected from July 1, 2008, through July 1, 2015.

In addition, the Bureau of Insurance is requested to continue making changes in the licensing examination process that will ensure that the licensing examinations are fair, unbiased, and designed to test entry-level knowledge regardless of the race, gender, or educational background of the candidate.

Technical assistance shall be provided to the Bureau of Insurance by the contracted insurance license examination provider and licensing examination preparatory course providers. All agencies of the Commonwealth shall provide assistance to the Bureau of Insurance within the State Corporation Commission for this study, upon request.

The Bureau of Insurance within the State Corporation Commission shall submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an executive summary and report of its findings and recommendations for publication as a House or Senate document no later than the first day of the 2012 Regular Session of the General Assembly. The executive summary shall include an explanation of changes made to the producer licensing process since July 1, 2008, the effect of those changes on the producer licensing process, and the data and information collected on certain demographic and other information from producer licensing examination candidates.

The executive summaries and reports shall be submitted as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports no later than the first day of the next regular session of the General Assembly and shall be posted on the General Assembly's website.