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600.03(35) (35)“Policy" means any document other than a group certificate used to prescribe in writing the terms of an insurance contract, including endorsements and riders and service contracts issued by motor clubs.
600.03(37) (37)“Policyholder" means the person who controls the policy by ownership, payment of premiums or otherwise. See also “insured".
600.03(38) (38)“Premium" means any consideration for an insurance policy, and includes assessments, membership fees or other required contributions or consideration, however designated.
600.03(39) (39)“Principal officers" of a corporation mean the officers designated under s. 611.12 (3), or corresponding sections of other chapters.
600.03(40) (40)“Proceedings" includes “actions" and “special proceedings" under s. 801.01.
600.03(41) (41)“Reciprocal" means any unincorporated association of persons, operating through an attorney in fact and exchanging insurance contracts with one another, which provide insurance coverage to each other thereunder.
600.03(41c) (41c)“Risk purchasing group" means a purchasing group as defined in 15 USC 3901 (a) (5).
600.03(41e) (41e)“Risk retention group" has the meaning given under 15 USC 3901 (a) (4).
600.03(41g) (41g)“Security surplus" is the amount of assets in excess of liabilities needed by a particular insurer to satisfy s. 623.12.
600.03(41m) (41m)“Service insurance corporation" means any corporation organized or operating under ch. 613.
600.03(42) (42)“State" means the same as in s. 990.01 (40) except that it also includes the Panama Canal Zone.
600.03(43) (43)“Stock corporation" means “stock insurance corporation".
600.03(44) (44)“Subsidiary" of a person means a stock corporation more than one-half the voting shares of which are owned by the person either alone or with its affiliates.
600.03(45) (45)“Surplus" means the excess of assets over the sum of capital and liabilities.
600.03(46) (46)“Town mutual" means a corporation organized or operating under ch. 612 and is synonymous with “town mutual insurance corporation".
600.03(47) (47)“Trustee" is synonymous with “director".
600.03(48) (48)“Unauthorized insurer" means any insurer not holding a valid certificate of authority to do an insurance business in this state, and any insurer holding a valid certificate, with respect to business not authorized by the certificate. “Unauthorized insurer" includes a surplus lines insurer.
600.03(49) (49)“Wholly owned subsidiary" of a person is a subsidiary all of the voting shares of which are owned by the person either alone or with its affiliates, except for the minimum number of shares required by the law of the subsidiary's domicile to be owned by directors or others.
600.03 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ss. Ins 3.13, 3.14, 3.15, and 3.23, Wis. adm. code.
600.03 Annotation “Insurance" is not defined by sub. (25). Under s. 600.02 (2), statements that a term `includes' or `excludes' something else are not definitions. “Insurance" has a commonly understood meaning of being a contract that shifts the risk of loss in exchange for premiums. Sub. (25) was not unconstitutionally vague as applied to the facts of this case, nor was the use of the term “insurance" in other applicable sections of chs. 600 and 601. National Motorists Association v. Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, 2002 WI App 308, 259 Wis. 2d 240, 655 N.W.2d 179, 02-0511.
600.12 600.12 Construction.
600.12(1)(1)Unless otherwise provided, chs. 600 to 655 shall be liberally construed to achieve the purposes stated therein. Unless expressly provided otherwise or clearly appearing from the context the purposes stated shall constitute an aid and guide to interpretation but not an independent source of power.
600.12(2) (2)If a provision of chs. 600 to 655 conflicts with another statutory provision, the provision of chs. 600 to 655 shall prevail.
600.12 History History: 1971 c. 260; 1979 c. 89 s. 543; 1979 c. 102, 177; 1983 a. 358 s. 14; 1989 a. 187 s. 29.
600.13 600.13 Orders relaxing restrictions.
600.13(1)(1)Issuance. After notice under sub. (2) and a hearing, the commissioner may issue an order freeing a person from any requirement of chs. 600 to 647 otherwise applicable to the person if the commissioner finds that the interests of residents, as defined in s. 647.01 (11), insureds, creditors and the public will not be endangered thereby.
600.13(2) (2)Publication. Unless the order is issued under specific authorization of another section of chs. 600 to 647, the notice preceding the hearing under sub. (1) and any such order shall be published as a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, in the official state newspaper before it is effective.
600.13 History History: 1971 c. 260; 1979 c. 89; 1979 c. 102 s. 236 (22); 1979 c. 177; 1983 a. 358 ss. 3, 14.
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2019-20 Wisconsin Statutes updated through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on January 1, 2021. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after January 1, 2021, are designated by NOTES. (Published 1-1-21)