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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1782        FILED ON: 1/12/2009

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 461


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Stephen J. Buoniconti


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the passage of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to an appeal process of insurance premium surchar ges under managed competition.






Stephen J. Buoniconti


Paul J. Donato

35th Middlesex

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Menard, Joan (SEN)

First Bristol and Plymouth

David Holway

President NAGE

Scott P. Brown

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Harriette L. Chandler

First Worcester

Susan C. Tucker

Second Essex and Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

James E. Timilty

Bristol and Norfolk

Jennifer L. Flanagan

Worcester and Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Stephen M. Brewer

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin

Peter J. Koutoujian

10th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

John A. Hart, Jr.

First Suffolk

Richard T. Moore

Worcester and Norfolk

Marc R. Pacheco

First Plymouth and Bristol

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex and Middlesex

Robert F. Fennell

10th Essex

Thomas P. Kennedy

Second Plymouth and Bristol

Stanley C. Rosenberg

Hampshire and Franklin

Michael J. Rodrigues

8th Bristol

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Michael F. Kane

5th Hampden

Anthony D. Galluccio

Middlesex, Suffolk and Essex

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Peter J. Koutoujian

10th Middlesex

Gale D. Candaras

First Hampden and Hampshire

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand and Nine



An Act relative to an appeal process of insurance premium surcharges under managed competition.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1.  Chapter 175E of the General Laws, as so appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by i8nserting after Section 7 the following new section:-

Section 7A. Any insured aggrieved by any determination of an insurer as to the application of any provision of an insurer’s merit rating plan filed and approved by the commissioner pursuant to regulations promulgated in accordance with Section 10 of this chapter and section 15 of Chapter 175A, may within thirty days thereafter, file a written complaint with the board of appeals on motor vehicle policies and bonds, hereinafter called the board.  Such complaint shall be accompanied by a filing fee to be determined by th e board.  The board may deny such appeal without a hearing on the basis of the standards of fault to be promulgated by the board.  In the notice of its decision to deny the complaint by the insured, the board shall notify the insured that he has a right to a hearing on the application of the safe driver insurance plan.

              The board shall provide the insurer and the insured with at least ten days notice of any hearing held under this section.  If, after a hearing, the board finds that the application of the sa fe driver insurance plan was in accordance with the standards promulgated by the board and an insurer’s provisions of the safe driver insurance plan approved by the commissioner, it shall deny the appeal.  If the board finds that the insurer’s application of the safe driver insurance plan was not in accordance with said standards and provisions, it shall order the insurer to make the appropriate premium adjustment.  The board may designate a person to act as a hearing officer pursuant to this section.  The hearing officer shall file a memorandum of his findings or order in the office of the board, and shall send a copy to the insurer and the insured.

              Any person or company aggrieved by any finding or order of the board may appeal therefrom to the superior co urt department of the trail court, pursuant to the provisions of section fourteen of chapter thirty A.  The appellant shall file with his appeal a duly certified copy of the complaint and of the finding and order thereon, and, if the appeal is taken from a finding and order of the board in respect to a cancellation, the clerk of such court shall forthwith, upon the filing of such an appeal, give written notice of the filing thereof to the registrar of motor vehicle and to the appellee.  Said court shall, af ter such notice to the parties as it deems  reasonable, give a summary hearing on such appeal and shall  have such jurisdiction in equity to review all questions of fact and law, and to affirm or reverse such finding or order and may make any appropriate d ecree.  Said court or justice may allow such appeal, finding or order to be amended.  The decision of the court or justice shall be final.  The clerk of such court shall, within two days after entry thereof, send an attested copy of the decree to each of t he parties and the commissioner and to said registrar, or his office.  Said court or justice may make such order as to costs as it or he deems equitable.  Said court may make reasonable rules to secure prompt hearings on such appeals and a speedy dispositi on thereof.

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