Texas Insurance Code
Sec. § 101.001
State Policy and Purpose


(a)

It is a state concern that many residents of this state hold insurance policies issued by persons or insurers who are not authorized to do insurance business in this state and who are not qualified as eligible surplus lines insurers under Chapter 981 (Surplus Lines Insurance). These residents face often insurmountable obstacles in asserting legal rights under the policies in foreign forums under unfamiliar laws and rules of practice.

(b)

It is the policy of this state to protect residents against acts by a person or insurer who is not authorized to do insurance business in this state by:

(1)

maintaining fair and honest insurance markets;

(2)

protecting the premium tax revenues of this state;

(3)

protecting authorized persons and insurers, who are subject to strict regulation, from unfair competition by unauthorized persons and insurers; and

(4)

protecting against evasion of the insurance regulatory laws of this state.

(c)

The purpose of this chapter is to subject certain insurers and persons to the jurisdiction of:

(1)

the commissioner and proceedings before the commissioner; and

(2)

the courts of this state in suits by or on behalf of the state or an insured or beneficiary under an insurance contract.

(d)

It is also a concern that this state not become a safe harbor for persons or insurers engaged in the unauthorized business of insurance in this state, regardless of whether the insureds or other persons affected by the unauthorized business of insurance are residents of this state.
Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 101, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 671, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1419, Sec. 0, 21, eff. June 1, 2003; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 11.005, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 730 (H.B. 2636), Sec. 2B.014, eff. April 1, 2009.
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