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The Securities and Insurance Licensing Association (SILA) delivers the education, information, and connections you need for success in this complex industry. SILA membership is an important asset for every industry professional, no matter your level of experience. Licensing? Registrations? Compliance? It’s complicated! SILA members share best practices, plus you’ll find state insurance and securities registration information, networking contacts and many more valuable tools within your reach. Read more
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SILA membership is the connection point that links regulators with industry professionals, influencers and fellow regulators. Opportunities exist for significant connection that can be a catalyst for change. Through SILA, regulators can gain understanding of how licensing and compliance regulations affect firms and carriers. Regulator relationships are highly valued by SILA, and we encourage regulator participation at our annual conference. We provide communication opportunities that are unmatched by any other organization. Read more

 

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Regulatory Announcements
The FINRA Board of Governors met this week to discuss a number of issues, including several rulemaking items. A summary of the rule proposals, as approved by the Board, is included in the link.
Michigan clarifies its appointment requirement.
New Mexico amends its minimum credit hour requirement.
Arkansas sends two announcements - one dealing with appointment renewal procedures for 2015 and the second announcement announcing an electronic method to make affiliation and designated responsible licensed producer changes to agency licenses.
Tennessee Professional Privilege Tax invoices are due on June 1, 2015.
Washington State announces that PSI Services has been awarded the insurance testing contract and will assume the testing responsibilities effective July 1, 2015.
New Jersey provides notice regarding its producer appointment notification renewal procedures.
Connecticut announces that adjuster/appraiser renewals to benefit from online renewals through NIPR.
Kentucky announces Surplus Lines Brokers subject to Kentucky local government premium taxes.
Tennessee clarifies the Designated Responsible Licensed Producer requirement connected to self-service storage.
SEC approves consolidated FINRA Rules 2040 (Payments to Unregistered Persons) and 0190 (Effective Date of Revocation, Cancellation, Expulsion,Suspension or Resignation), and amendments to FINRA Rule 8311 (Effect of a Suspension, Revocation,Cancellation, or Bar).
North Dakota sends license renewal notice for certain license holders and reminds carriers about upcoming appointment renewal deadlines.
West Virginia announces new fingerprint requirements for resident producers effective June 1, 2015 and also sends notice of their company appointment renewal period also beginning in June. You can view both announcements in the link provided.
North Carolina sends notice regarding unpaid company appointment renewals.
Georgia has distributed proposed legislation addressing Suitability in Annuity Transactions. Hearing scheduled for June 10, 2015.
North Carolina issues memo regarding 2015-2016 bail bond renewals.
Alabama and its fingerprint vendor is searching for fingerprint collection locations in their state.
Vermont issues notices of its upcoming appointment renewal deadline.
Florida issues its newsletter that addresses what unlicensed personnel can and can't do, reporting of actions, and background checks.
Effective April 1, 2015, all individual resident applicants seeking to become licensed as Producers, Adjusters or Title Agents, or who are adding a new line of authority to an existing license, must have completed a Fingerprint background check.
FINRA announces qualification exam fee changes.
SEC approves consolidated FINRA Rule regarding Background Checks on registration applicants.
Kentucky Department of Insurance sends a reminder for Insurer Appointment Renewals
Michigan announces mandatory use of NAIC OPTins for submitting all tax reporting and payments.
California defines term 'commercial insured'.
North Carolina proposes bill to modernize Surplus Lines Act.
Texas introduces bill to change continuing education credit hours from 30 to 24 (proposed).
Wyoming sends reminder about its Annuity Suitability training requirement and the approaching March 26, 2015 deadline.
North Carolina announces its annual 2015-2016 appointment renewal billing process.
SILA NOTICE
These regulatory announcements are provided to SILA by the state insurance departments. They are intended for distribution solely to SILA members. SILA does not provide the announcements as legal advice and takes no responsibility for the content of the announcements.
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