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The 2001 Florida Statutes

Chapter 624
Insurance Code: Administration And General Provisions
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Section 624.319, Florida Statutes 2001

624.319  Examination and investigation reports.--

(1)  The department or its examiner shall make a full and true written report of each examination. The examination report shall contain only information obtained from examination of the records, accounts, files, and documents of or relative to the insurer examined or from testimony of individuals under oath, together with relevant conclusions and recommendations of the examiner based thereon. The department shall furnish a copy of the examination report to the insurer examined not less than 30 days prior to filing the examination report in its office. If such insurer so requests in writing within such 30-day period, the department shall grant a hearing with respect to the examination report and shall not so file the examination report until after the hearing and after such modifications have been made therein as the department deems proper.

(2)  The examination report when so filed shall be admissible in evidence in any action or proceeding brought by the department against the person examined, or against its officers, employees, or agents. In all other proceedings, the admissibility of the examination report is governed by the evidence code. The department or its examiners may at any time testify and offer other proper evidence as to information secured or matters discovered during the course of an examination, whether or not a written report of the examination has been either made, furnished, or filed in the department.

(3)(a)  Examination reports, until filed, are confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1). Investigation reports are confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) until the investigation is completed or ceases to be active. For purposes of this subsection, an investigation is active while it is being conducted by the department with a reasonable, good faith belief that it could lead to the filing of administrative, civil, or criminal proceedings. An investigation does not cease to be active if the department is proceeding with reasonable dispatch and has a good faith belief that action could be initiated by the department or other administrative or law enforcement agency. After an investigation is completed or ceases to be active, portions of the investigation report relating to the investigation remain confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) if disclosure would:

1.  Jeopardize the integrity of another active investigation;

2.  Impair the safety and financial soundness of the licensee or affiliated party;

3.  Reveal personal financial information;

4.  Reveal the identity of a confidential source;

5.  Defame or cause unwarranted damage to the good name or reputation of an individual or jeopardize the safety of an individual; or

6.  Reveal investigative techniques or procedures.

(b)  Lists of insurers or regulated companies are confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) if:

1.  The financial solvency, condition, or soundness of such insurers or regulated companies is being monitored by the department;

2.  The list is prepared to internally coordinate regulation by the department of the financial solvency, condition, or soundness of the insurers or regulated companies; and

3.  The Insurance Commissioner and Treasurer determine that public inspection of such list could impair the financial solvency, condition, or soundness of such insurers or regulated companies.

(4)  After the examination report has been filed pursuant to subsection (1), the department may publish the results of any such examination in one or more newspapers published in this state whenever it deems it to be in the public interest.

(5)  After the examination report of an insurer has been filed pursuant to subsection (1), an affidavit shall be filed with the department, not more than 30 days after the report has been filed, on a form furnished by the department and signed by the officer of the company in charge of the insurer's business in this state, stating that she or he has read the report and that the recommendations made in the report will be considered within a reasonable time.

History.--s. 34, ch. 59-205; ss. 13, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 71-46; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 1, ch. 77-457; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 29, 37, 809(1st), ch. 82-243; s. 1, ch. 86-126; ss. 187, 188, ch. 91-108; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 5, ch. 93-78; s. 365, ch. 96-406; s. 1721, ch. 97-102.

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