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NCOIL VP Renews Efforts to Spur Dialogue on NAIC's Closed-Door Meetings

A vice president of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) who has been a vocal critic of the frequency and nature of meetings held...
August 21, 2007

A vice president of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) who has been a vocal critic of the frequency and nature of meetings held in closed executive session by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is attempting to advance a dialogue on the issue.

State Representative Brian Kennedy (D-R.I.), who is NCOIL VP, sent a letter to Walter Bell, Alabama insurance commissioner and NAIC president, containing two proposals. First, Kennedy said the NAIC should consider repealing its policy statement on open meetings which permits closed sessions for "legislative strategy." Second, he suggested an NAIC dialogue with state legislators be convened during NAIC quarterly meetings. In a previous letter to Kennedy, NAIC President Bell stated that "Nonprofit organizations, such as the NAIC, which assist governmental agencies with their work, are not subject to Open Meeting Laws…As an organization, the NAIC does not have any regulatory authority."

NCOIL last month passed a resolution urging the NAIC to conduct its meetings in the open whenever possible and also urged states to amend their state open meetings laws to address specific concerns regarding state officials attending out-of-state meetings of national organizations.

What It Means to Agents:  PIA is on record in support of NCOIL's position. On April 1, 2007, the PIA National Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution calling on the NAIC to conduct meetings in the open.