(a) A security deposit must include within its coverage all amounts covered by terminated surety bonds or terminated excess insurance policies.
(b) A surety bond, irrevocable letter of credit, or document indicating issuance of an irrevocable letter of credit must be in a form approved by the commissioner and must be issued by an institution acceptable to the commissioner. The instrument may be released only according to its terms but may not be released by the deposit of additional security.
(c) The certified self-insurer shall deposit the security with the comptroller on behalf of the division. The comptroller may accept securities for deposit or withdrawal only on the written order of the commissioner.
(d) On receipt by the division of a request to renew, submit, or increase or decrease a security deposit, a perfected security interest is created in the certified self-insurer's assets in favor of the commissioner to the extent of any then unsecured portion of the self-insurer's incurred liabilities for compensation. That perfected security interest transfers to cash or securities deposited by the self-insurer with the division after the date of the request and may be released only on:
(1) the acceptance by the commissioner of a surety bond or irrevocable letter of credit for the full amount of the incurred liabilities for compensation; or
(2) the return of cash or securities by the division.
(e) The certified self-insurer loses all right to, title to, interest in, and control of the assets or obligations submitted or deposited as security. The commissioner may liquidate the deposit and apply it to the certified self-insurer's incurred liabilities for compensation either directly or through the association.
(f) If the commissioner determines that a security deposit is not immediately available for the payment of compensation, the commissioner shall determine the appropriate method of payment and claims administration, which may include payment by the surety that issued the bond or by the issuer of an irrevocable letter of credit, and administration by a surety, an adjusting agency, the association, or through any combination of those entities approved by the commissioner.
Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 269, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1423, § 12.12, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 265 (H.B. 7), § 3.054, eff. September 1, 2005.