BYLAWS OF THE

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS

ARTICLE I

Name, Organization and Location

The name of this corporation is NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS (NAIC).  The NAIC is organized under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware.  The NAIC may have one (1) or more office locations within or without the State of Delaware as the Executive Committee may from time to time determine.

ARTICLE II

Membership

The Membership of the NAIC shall be comprised of those persons designated as members in the Certificate of Incorporation.  Each member of the NAIC shall have the power to vote and otherwise participate in the affairs of the NAIC as set forth herein or as required by applicable law.  This power may be exercised through a duly authorized representative who shall be a person officially affiliated with the member’s department and who is wholly or principally employed by said department.

The organization may charge members an annual assessment, the amount of which shall be determined by the Executive Committee.  Members failing to pay all NAIC assessments on a timely basis shall be placed in an inactive status.  Members in an inactive status shall not have any voting rights and shall be denied membership on NAIC committees and task forces, access to mailings and services of the NAIC Offices, as well as access to zone examination processes and other benefits of membership in the NAIC.

The NAIC’s receipt of full payment from the inactive member of all current and past due assessments shall serve to immediately remove them from inactive status.

The Executive Committee is empowered to reinstate, in part or in whole, an inactive member’s participation on the committees and task forces, access to mailings and services of the NAIC Offices and satellite offices, as well as access to zone examination processes, and other benefits of membership in the NAIC upon good cause shown as determined by the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE III

Officers

The officers of the NAIC shall be a President, a President-Elect, a Vice President, and a Secretary-Treasurer.  Annual officer elections shall be held at the last regular National Meeting of each calendar year or at such other plenary session as agreed to by the members. The voting membership, by secret ballot, shall elect officers as provided in these Bylaws.  Officers’ terms shall be for one year, beginning on January 1 following their election.  The officers shall hold office until their death, resignation, removal or the election and qualification of their successors, whichever occurs first.  Any Officer may resign at any time by giving notice thereof in writing to the President of the NAIC.  Any such resignation will take effect upon delivery if no date is specified, or as of its date, unless some other date is specified therein, in which event it will be effective as of that date.  The acceptance of that resignation will not be necessary to make it effective. 

If an interim vacancy occurs in the office of President, the President-Elect shall cease to hold his or her office effective immediately and shall assume the office of President.  If an interim vacancy occurs in any one or more of the other officer positions, an interim election shall be held to fill the vacancy.  No member may hold any office for more than two consecutive years. Notwithstanding the foregoing, at no time shall more than two officer positions be filled by members of the same Zone during the same term.  Any officer may be removed from office by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members, but only after a resolution for removal is adopted by two-thirds (2/3) of the Executive Committee whenever, in their judgment, the best interests of the NAIC would be served thereby.

The President shall serve as Chairman of the Executive Committee and shall preside at all special and regular meetings of the members. The President shall serve as the leader of the organization and its principal spokesperson. The President shall work closely with the Executive Committee to establish and achieve the strategic, business and operational goals of the organization; ensure appropriate policies and procedures for the organization are implemented and followed; and protect the integrity as well as the resources of the organization. After a member completes his or her term or terms as President, he or she shall not be able to hold another officer position for a period of twelve (12) months from the date such member completes his or her term or terms as President, which shall be referred to as a "waiting period"; provided however, the Executive Committee may waive the twelve month waiting period if warranted by exigent circumstances.

The President-Elect shall serve as Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee. In the absence of the President at a duly convened meeting of the Executive Committee or at a regular or special meeting of the members, the President-Elect shall preside over such meeting to the extent of the President’s absence. The President-Elect shall perform such other duties and tasks as may be assigned by the President. Where the President does not run for re-election, the President-Elect shall become President at the conclusion of the President’s term of office.

The Vice President, in the absence of the President and President-Elect at a duly convened meeting of the Executive Committee or at a regular or special meeting of the members, shall preside over such meeting to the extent of the President’s and the President-Elect’s absence; and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President or President-Elect, or in the absence thereof, by the Executive Committee.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall assist the President and, as applicable, the President-Elect or the Vice President in the conduct of meetings of the Executive Committee and members.  For member meetings, the Secretary-Treasurer shall call the roll of the membership and certify the presence of a quorum and shall receive, validate and maintain all proxies for elections held at member meetings.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall also recommend to the Executive Committee such policies and procedures to maintain the history and continuity of the NAIC.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall also assist the President and President-Elect in all matters relating to the budget, accounting, expenditure and revenue practices of the NAIC; including, but not limited to reviewing the financial information of the organization and consulting with NAIC management, independent auditors, and other necessary parties regarding the financial operations and condition of the organization.

ARTICLE IV

Executive Committee

The business and affairs of the NAIC shall be managed by and under the direction of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall be made up entirely of members of the NAIC. The Executive Committee shall consist of the following members: the officers of the NAIC; all past presidents; the twelve (12) members of the zones as provided for in Article V of these Bylaws; The members of the Executive Committee shall be subject to a conflict of interest policy as adopted by the members. Any Executive Committee member may resign at any time by giving notice thereof in writing to the members of the NAIC. Resignation as an Executive Committee member also operates as resignation as a Zone officer. Any such resignation will take effect upon delivery if no date is specified, or as of its date, unless some other date is specified therein, in which event it will be effective as of that date. The acceptance of that resignation will not be necessary to make it effective.

  1. The Executive Committee shall have the authority and responsibility to:

    1. manage the affairs of the NAIC in a manner consistent with the Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws;

    2. make recommendations to achieve the goals of the NAIC based upon either its own initiative or the recommendations of the Standing Committees or Subcommittees reporting to it, for consideration and action by the members at any NAIC Plenary Session;

    3. create and terminate one or more Task Forces reporting to it to the extent needed and appropriate;

    4. establish and allocate, from time to time, functions and responsibilities to be performed by each Zone;

    5. to the extent needed and appropriate, oversee NAIC Offices to assist the NAIC and the individual members in achieving the goals of the NAIC;

    6. submit to the NAIC at each National Meeting, during which a Plenary Session is held, its report and recommendations concerning the reports of the Standing Committees.  All Standing Committee reports shall be included as part of the Executive Committee report;

    7. plan, implement and coordinate communications and activities with other state, federal and local government organizations in order to advance the goals of the NAIC and promote understanding of state insurance regulation.

 

  1. Duties and Operations of the Executive Committee.

    1. The Executive Committee shall hold at least two (2) regular meetings annually at a designated time and place.  Special meetings may be held when called by the President, or by at least three (3) members of the Executive Committee in writing.  At least five (5) days notice shall be given of all regular and special meetings.  Meetings may be held in person or by means of conference telephone or other communication equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other, and such participation in a meeting shall constitute presence in person at such meeting in accordance with applicable laws.  The presiding member of the Executive Committee shall only cast his or her vote in order to break a tie vote. In addition, the Executive Committee may act by written consent as provided by law.

    2. The Executive Committee may, with the concurrence of two-thirds of the members of the Executive Committee, establish rules for its conduct that shall not conflict with the Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws.  Such rules may be changed only by a concurrence of two-thirds of the members of the Executive Committee after twenty-four (24) hours notice to all members of the Executive Committee.

    3. Any action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of the Executive Committee or any committee thereof may be taken without a meeting if all members of the Executive Committee or such committee, as the case may be, consent thereto in writing in accordance with applicable law.

    4. The Executive Committee shall cause to be kept minutes of its meeting and have information of any action of a general character taken by it published to members qualified to vote.

    5. NAIC OFFICES

      1. The Executive Committee shall oversee an Executive Office and a Central Office with management and staff personnel and appropriate resources for performance of duties and assigned responsibilities.  Additional satellite offices may be established as needed.  The Executive Committee shall have the authority to select, employ and terminate a Chief Executive Officer who shall not be a member of the NAIC and who shall have the primary responsibility for the internal management and functioning of the NAIC Offices within the direction of the Executive Committee, as well as other duties assigned by the Executive Committee through execution of an Employment Agreement or other authorization.  The Chief Executive Officer appointed by the Executive Committee pursuant to this section shall not be considered an officer for purposes of Article III hereof and shall not be a member of the Executive Committee.   The Executive Committee, through the Internal Administration (EX1) Subcommittee, shall provide oversight and direction to the Chief Executive Officer regarding Office operations.

      2. Consistent with the purposes of the NAIC, the role of the NAIC Offices is to: (1) provide services to the NAIC through support to the NAIC Committees, Subcommittees, Task Forces or otherwise; (2) provide services to individual State insurance departments, and (3) develop recommendations for consideration as to NAIC policy and administrative decisions of the NAIC.

      3. In performing its role, subject to the oversight and direction specified in (paragraph i) the NAIC Offices may engage in a variety of functions including but not limited to the following: research; analysis; information gathering and dissemination; library services; data collection; data base building and maintenance; report generation and dissemination; government liaison; non-regulatory liaison; securities valuation; administration; litigation; legislative and regulatory drafting; and educational development.

      4. The Chief Executive Officer shall prepare an annual budget, related to the priorities of the NAIC, for the NAIC Offices to be submitted through the EX1 Subcommittee to the Executive Committee, which shall make its recommendations to the members of the NAIC for action at the next Plenary Session of the NAIC.

 

  1. Internal Administration (EX1) Subcommittee

The Internal Administration (EX1) Subcommittee shall be a Subcommittee reporting to the Executive Committee.  Appointments of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Executive Subcommittee and members other than those specifically designated herein shall be made by the President and President-Elect:

This Subcommittee shall be comprised of the President, President-Elect, Vice President, the Secretary-Treasurer, the most immediate past President, and three (3) other members of the Executive Committee. The presiding member of the Subcommittee shall only cast his or her vote in order to break a tie vote.

The Internal Administration (EX1) Subcommittee shall:

  1. Exercise such powers and authority as may be delegated to it by the Executive Committee.

  2. Generally oversee the NAIC Offices including, without limitation:  (i) periodically monitor operations of the NAIC Offices, (ii) review and revise the budget of the NAIC hold an annual hearing to receive public comments on the budget of the NAIC and submit the revised budget to the Executive Committee, (iii) approve emergency expenditures which vary from the adopted budget and promptly certify its action in writing to the Executive Committee, (iv) evaluate the Chief Executive Officer and make appropriate recommendations to the Executive Committee, (v) assist the Chief Executive Officer in resolving competing demands for NAIC resources, (vi) review compensation of all senior management and (vii) quarterly prepare a report containing the current budget and expenditures which the Secretary-Treasurer shall present to the Executive Committee.
  1. Audit Committee

The Executive Committee shall appoint an Audit Committee made up of at least four (4) members of the NAIC, including at least one member from each zone, in addition to the NAIC Secretary-Treasurer.  The NAIC Secretary-Treasurer shall chair the Audit Committee.  The Audit Committee shall report to the Executive Committee without any NAIC employees being present.  The Audit Committee shall be directly responsible for the appointment, compensation, and oversight of the independent certified public accountant employed to conduct the audit.  The Audit Committee shall also have the power, to the extent permitted by law, to (i) initiate or review the results of an audit or investigation into the business affairs of the NAIC; (ii) review the NAIC’s financial accounts and reports; (iii) conduct pre-audit and post-audit reviews with NAIC staff, members and independent auditors; and (iv) exercise such other powers and authority as delegated to it by the Executive Committee.

 

ARTICLE V

Zones

To accomplish the purposes of the NAIC in a timely and efficient manner, the United States, its territories and insular possessions shall be divided into four Zones.  Each Zone shall consist of a group of at least eight States, located in the same geographical area, with each State being contiguous to at least one other State in the group so far as practicable, plus any territory or insular possession that may be deemed expedient, all as determined by majority of the Executive Committee.  Members of each Zone shall annually elect a Chairman, a Vice Chairman and a Secretary from among themselves prior to or during the last regular National Meeting of each calendar year or at such time as agreed to by the Zone members.  The Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary of each Zone shall be members of the Executive Committee with terms of office corresponding to that of the officers.  Each Zone shall perform such functions as are designated by the Executive Committee of the NAIC or by the members of the NAIC as a whole or by the members of the Zone.  Each Zone may hold Zone Meetings for such purposes as may be deemed appropriate by members of the Zone.

 

ARTICLE VI

Standing Committees and Task Forces

  1. General

The Standing Committees shall not be subcommittees of the Executive Committee and shall have no power or authority for the management of the business and affairs of the NAIC.  Each Standing Committee shall be composed of not more than 13 members appointed by the President and President-Elect. Standing Committees shall meet at least twice a year at National Meetings and may meet more often at the call of the Chair as required to complete its assignments from the Executive Committee in a timely manner.

The Executive Committee shall make all assignments of subject matter to the Standing Committees and shall require coordination between Committees and Task Forces of the subject matter if more than one Committee or Task Force is affected.  The format of the Committee reports shall be prescribed by the Executive Committee. All appointments or elections of members of the NAIC to any office or Committee of the NAIC shall be deemed the appointment or election of a particular member and shall not automatically pass to a successor in office.

  1. Specific Duties

    The Standing Committees of the NAIC, their duties and responsibilities shall be as follows:

    1. Life Insurance and Annuities (A) Committee: This Standing Committee shall consider issues relating to life insurance and annuities.

    2. Health Insurance and Managed Care (B) Committee: This Standing Committee shall consider issues relating to health and accident insurance and managed care.

    3. Property and Casualty Insurance (C) Committee: This Standing Committee shall consider issues relating to personal and commercial lines of property and casualty insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, statistical information, surplus lines, and casualty actuarial matters.

    4. Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs (D) Committee: This Standing Committee shall consider issues involving market conduct in the insurance industry; competition in insurance markets; the qualifications and conduct of agents and brokers; market conduct examination practices; the control and management of insurance institutions; consumer services of State insurance departments; and consumer participation in NAIC activities.

    5. Financial Condition (E) Committee: This Standing Committee shall consider both administrative and substantive issues as they relate to accounting practices and procedures; blanks; valuation of securities; the Insurance Regulatory Information System (IRIS), as it relates to solvency and profitability; the call, monitoring and concluding report of Zone Examinations; and financial examinations and examiner training.

    6. Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation (F) Committee: This Standing Committee shall consider both administrative and substantive issues as they relate to administration and enforcement of the NAIC Accreditation Program, including without limitation, consideration of standards and revisions of standards for accreditation, interpretation of standards, evaluation and interpretation of states’ laws and regulations, and departments’ practices, procedures and organizations as they relate to compliance with standards, examination of members for compliance with standards, development and oversight of procedures for examination of members for compliance with standards, qualification and selection of individuals to perform the examination of members for compliance with standards, and decisions regarding whether to accredit members.

    7. International Insurance Relations (G) Committee.  This Standing Committee shall have the responsibility for issues relating to international insurance.

  2. Task Forces

The Executive Committee, its Subcommittee and the Standing Committees may establish one or more Task Forces, subject to approval of the Executive Committee.  The parent Committee or Subcommittee, subject to approval of the Executive Committee, may vote to discontinue a Task Force once its charge has been completed.

Vacancies in the positions of Chair or Vice Chair of any Task Force shall be filled by the parent Committee or Subcommittee from within or outside the present Task Force membership; provided, however, that the chief insurance regulatory official of the state of the former Chair or Vice Chair shall become a member of the Task Force.  A vacancy in the position of member shall be filled by the chief insurance regulatory official of the vacating member’s state.

If an existing Task Force is dealing with insurance issues that require continuing study, the Executive Committee may adopt the recommendation of the parent Committee or Subcommittee that the Task Force be designated a Standing Task Force.  A Standing Task Force shall continue in effect until terminated by the Executive Committee.

 

ARTICLE VII

Meetings of the Membership

  1. Regular Meetings.

The NAIC shall hold at least two (2) regular meetings of the members (“National Meetings”) each calendar year. Notice, stating the place, day and hour and any special purposes of the National Meeting, shall be delivered by the Executive Committee not less than ten (10) calendar days nor more than sixty (60) calendar days before the date on which the National Meeting is to be held, either personally, by mail or by other lawful means, to each member entitled to be present and vote at such meeting.

  1. Special Meetings.

Member meetings may be held without notice if all members entitled to notice are present (except when members entitled to notice attend the meeting for the express purpose of objecting, at the beginning of the meeting, because the meeting is allegedly not lawfully called or convened), or if notice is waived by those not present. Any previously scheduled meeting of the members may be postponed by the Executive Committee (or members calling a special meeting, as the case may be) upon notice to members, in person or writing, given at least two (2) days prior to the date previously scheduled for such meeting.

  1. Waiver of Notice; Postponement.

Member meetings may be held without notice if all members entitled to notice are present (except when members entitled to notice attend the meeting for the express purpose of objecting, at the beginning of the meeting, because the meeting is allegedly not lawfully called or convened), or if notice is waived by those not present. Any previously scheduled meeting of the members may be postponed by the Executive Committee (or members calling a special meeting, as the case may be) upon notice to members, in person or writing, given at least two (2) days prior to the date previously scheduled for such meeting.

  1. Quorum

Except as otherwise provided by law or by the Certificate of Incorporation, the presence, by person or proxy, of a majority of the members shall constitute a quorum at a member meeting, a meeting of a Standing Committee, Task Force or a working group.  The chairman of the meeting may adjourn the meeting from time to time, whether or not there is such a quorum. The members present at a duly called member meeting at which a quorum is present may continue to transact business until adjournment, notwithstanding the withdrawal of enough members to leave less than a quorum.

  1. Any meeting of the NAIC may be held in executive session as defined in the NAIC policy on open meetings.  Any member may attend and participate in any meeting of the NAIC or any meeting of a Standing Committee or Task Force whether or not such member has the right to vote.  All National Meetings shall provide for a Plenary Session of the NAIC as a whole in order to consider and take action upon the matters submitted to the NAIC.

 

ARTICLE VIII

Elections

  1. The election of officers of the NAIC shall be scheduled for the plenary session of the last National Meeting of the calendar year or at such other plenary session as agreed to by the members.

  2. At the beginning of such Plenary Session, the Secretary-Treasurer shall ascertain and announce the presence of a quorum.

  3. Upon the determination of a quorum, the chair shall briefly review the provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws in regard to voting.

  4. The President shall ask for and announce all proxies.  Proxies shall be held by the Secretary-Treasurer or a designee throughout the election session.  Proxies shall be valid, subject to their term, until superseded by the member and shall be governed by ARTICLE IX of the Bylaws.

  5. Every individual voting by proxy must meet the requirements of Article II of the Bylaws of the NAIC which requires that such a person be “...officially affiliated with the member’s (the member delegating authority to vote) department, and is wholly or principally employed by said department.”

  6. Prior to opening the nominations for office, the Chair shall appoint three (3) members of the NAIC to act as voting inspectors.  The voting inspectors shall distribute, collect, count and/or verify ballots, and report their findings to the Secretary-Treasurer.  If a voting inspector is nominated for an office and does not withdraw as a candidate, he or she shall not be a voting inspector for the election of the office to which he or she is nominated and the chair shall appoint another voting inspector in his or her place.

  7. The Chair shall announce the opening of nominations for offices in the following order:

    1. President.  Provided, however, where the President does not run for re-election, the President-Elect shall become President at the conclusion of the President’s term of office.  In those cases where the President runs for re-election or where a vacancy exists because the President–Elect fails or is otherwise unable to assume the Presidency, this office will be subject to an election.

    2. President-Elect

    3. Vice President

    4. Secretary-Treasurer.
  1. Only members or duly authorized proxyholders may make nominations.

  2. One nominating speech, not to exceed three (3) minutes in duration, shall be allowed for each nominee.

  3. After nominations are closed for each office, each nominee must indicate whether he or she accepts the nomination and, if he or she accepts, shall be permitted to address the membership for a period of up to seven (7) minutes.  Such addresses shall be given in the order by which the nominations were made.

  4. The votes of members, in person or by proxy, constituting a majority of the quorum present at the meeting shall be necessary for election to such office.  If no candidate receives a majority, the two candidates with the most votes will participate in a run-off election.  The candidate with the most votes in the run-off election shall win such election.

  5. Voting need not be by written ballot, unless otherwise required by these Bylaws, the Certificate of Incorporation, or applicable law.

ARTICLE IX

Proxies; Waiver of Notice

Where the delegation of power to vote or participate in the membership of the NAIC is required by ARTICLE II of these Bylaws to be in writing, such delegation must be effected by proxy.  All proxies must be dated, give specific authority to a named individual who meets the requirements of ARTICLE II for duly authorized representatives, and meet any other applicable legal requirement.  Documents such as electronic transmission, telegrams, mailgrams, etc. are acceptable as proxies if they otherwise meet the requirements contained herein and applicable law.  Proxies should be maintained by NAIC Central Office staff. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a member of the Executive Committee may not vote by proxy in a meeting of the Executive Committee or its subcommittees.

Whenever any notice is required to be given to any member (for a meeting of members or the Executive Committee) under the provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation, these Bylaws or applicable law, a written waiver, signed by the person entitled to notice, or a waiver by electronic transmission by person entitled to notice, whether before or after the time stated therein, shall be deemed equivalent to the giving of such notice.  Neither the business to be transacted at, nor the purpose of, any annual or special meeting of the members or any committee, subcommittee or task force need be specified in any waiver of notice of such meeting.

Unless otherwise restricted by the Certificate of Incorporation or these Bylaws, Members
may participate in a meeting by means of conference telephone or by any means by which all persons participating in the meeting are able to communicate with one another, and such participation shall constitute presence in person at the meeting.

Any notice required under these Bylaws may be provided by mail, facsimile, or electronic transmission.

ARTICLE X

Procedures; Books and Records

The Executive Committee shall adopt policies and procedures for the conduct of meetings.  In the event such policies and procedures conflict with the NAIC’s Certificate of Incorporation or Bylaws, the Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws shall govern.

The books and records of the NAIC may be kept outside the State of Delaware at such place or places as may from time to time be designated by the Internal Administration Subcommittee (EX1) of the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE XI

Amendments

These Bylaws may be altered or repealed and new Bylaws may be adopted at any regular or special meeting of the members by an affirmative vote, in person or by proxy, of a majority of the members entitled to vote at such meeting; provided, however, that any proposed alteration (except to correct typographical or grammatical errors or article, section or paragraph cross-references caused by other alterations, repeals, or adoptions) or repeal of, or the adoption of any Bylaw inconsistent with, Article II [Membership], Article VII, Paragraph 2 [Special Meetings of Members] and Paragraph 4 [Quorum], Article VIII [Elections], or this Article XI [Amendments] of these Bylaws (the “Supermajority Bylaws”) by the members shall require the affirmative vote, in person or by proxy, of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the members entitled to vote at such meeting and provided, further, that in the case of any such member action at a special meeting of members, notice of the proposed alteration, repeal or adoption of the new Bylaw or Bylaws must be contained in the notice of such special meeting.  Corrections for typographical or grammatical errors or to article, section or paragraph cross-references caused by other alterations, repeals or adoption, shall only be made if approved by the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the Executive Committee.

Adopted October 1999, see 1999 Proc., Third Quarter page 7
Amended November 2002, see 2002 Proc., Fourth Quarter page 25
Amended June 2003, see 2003 Proc., Second Quarter page 28
Amended March 2004, see 2004 Proc., First Quarter page 119
Amended December 2004, see 2004 Proc., Fourth Quarter page 58
Amended March 2009, see 2009 Proc., First Quarter page 3-67
Amended September 2009, see 2009 Proc., Third Quarter
Amended October 2011, See Proc., Summer 2011