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Title 8 : Banking and Insurance



(Cite as: 8 V.S.A. § 3366)
  • § 3366. Assets of companies

    (a)(1) A foreign or alien insurer authorized to do business in this State shall possess and thereafter maintain unimpaired paid-in capital or basic surplus of not less than $2,000,000.00 and, when first so authorized, shall possess and maintain free surplus of not less than $3,000,000.00.

    (2) The capital and surplus shall be in the form of cash or marketable securities, a portion of which may be held on deposit with the State Treasurer, such securities as designated by the insurer and approved by the Commissioner, in an amount and subject to conditions determined by the Commissioner. The conditions shall include a requirement that any interest or other earnings attributable to such cash or marketable securities shall inure to the benefit of the insurer until such time as the Commissioner determines that the deposit must be used for the benefit of the policyholders of the insurer or some other authorized public purpose relating to the regulation of the insurer.

    (3) The Commissioner may prescribe additional capital or surplus for all insurers authorized to transact the business of insurance based upon the type, volume, and nature of insurance business transacted. The Commissioner may reduce or waive the capital and surplus amounts required by this section pursuant to a plan of dissolution for the company approved by the Commissioner.

    (b) The express purpose of subsection (a) of this section and the Commissioner's power to require the deposit of cash or marketable securities set forth therein is to protect the interests of Vermont policyholders in the event of the insolvency of the insurer. Except to the extent it would contravene applicable provisions of 9A V.S.A. Article 9, the State of Vermont shall be deemed to control the funds on deposit and to have a lien on the funds for the benefit of the Vermont policyholders affected by the insolvency. The lien so created shall be superior to any lien filed by a general creditor of the insurer. (Added 1967, No. 344 (Adj. Sess.), § 1 (ch. 1, subch. 2, § 6); amended 2003, No. 105 (Adj. Sess.), § 4; 2005, No. 36, § 10, eff. June 1, 2005; 2019, No. 57, § 3.)