Vol. 25 Iss. 21 - June 22, 2009



Bureau of Insurance

June 4, 2009

Administrative Letter 2009-05

To: All Insurers and Other Interested Parties

Re: Legislation Enacted by the 2009 Virginia General Assembly

We have attached for your reference summaries of certain statutes enacted or amended and re-enacted during the 2009 Session of the Virginia General Assembly. The effective date of these statutes is July 1, 2009, except as otherwise indicated in this letter. Each organization to which this letter is being sent should review the summaries carefully and see that notice of these laws is directed to the proper persons, including appointed representatives, to ensure that appropriate action is taken to effect compliance with these new legal requirements. Copies of individual bills may be obtained at You may enter the bill number (not the chapter number) on the Virginia General Assembly Home Page, and you will be linked to the Legislative Information System. You may also link from the Legislative Information System to any existing section of the Code of Virginia. All statutory references made in the letter are to Title 38.2 (Insurance) of the Code of Virginia unless otherwise noted.  All references to the Commission refer to the State Corporation Commission.

Please note that this document is a summary of legislation.  It is neither a legal review and interpretation nor a full description of the legislative amendments affecting insurance-related laws during the 2009 Session. Each organization is responsible for review of the statutes pertinent to its operations.

/s/ Alfred W. Gross

Commissioner of Insurance


Chapter 140 (House Bill 2568)

The bill amends §§ 6.1-2.21:1 and 6.1-2.22 of the Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act (CRESPA). The bill makes technical changes to the rights of the purchaser or borrower to select a settlement agent to provide escrow, closing, or settlement services in connection with a real estate transaction. Disclosure requirements are also expanded to include statements that the provisions of CRESPA may not be varied by an agreement between the parties; rights conferred by CRESPA may not be waived; and the seller may not require the use of a particular settlement agent as a condition of the sale of the property.

Chapter 256 (Senate Bill 938)

This bill amends §§ 6.1-2.26 and 6.1-2.27 of the Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act (CRESPA) to specify that registration responsibilities for each type of settlement agent will be the sole responsibility of the appropriate licensing authority (the Commission for title insurance agents). The bill requires each licensing authority to provide its settlement agents with guidelines promulgated by the Virginia State Bar to prevent the unauthorized practice of law. This bill also specifies that the licensing authority may terminate administratively the registration of any settlement agent if the settlement agent no longer holds a license, fails to renew its registration or fails to comply with the financial responsibility requirements of § 6.1-2.21.


Chapter 336 (House Bill 1756 and Senate Bill 1372)

The bill amends §§ 15.2-2703 (Counties, Cities and Towns), 65.2-801 (Workers' Compensation) and 65.2-1203 (Workers' Compensation) to provide for the merger of a local government group self-insurance association (association) into a local government group self-insurance pool (pool) to enable political subdivisions to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage for their employees.

Chapter 352 (House Bill 1935)

The bill enacts § 38.2-221.3 in the Provisions of a General Nature chapter to require the State Corporation Commission to hold company licensing applications and supporting documentation and information obtained during the course of an investigation confidential. The bill further specifies that the materials are not subject to subpoena, and may not be made public by the Commission or any other person.  The Commission may grant access to (i) a regulatory official of any state or country; (ii) the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, its affiliate, or its subsidiary; or (iii) a law-enforcement authority of any state or country, provided that those officials are required under their law to maintain its confidentiality. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the Commission from (i) using such confidential information in furtherance of any regulatory or legal action; (ii) publishing any decisions, orders, findings, opinions, or judgments; or (iii) publishing any final report or any other report containing aggregated findings, provided that such reports, decisions, orders, findings, opinions, or judgments shall not disclose any such confidential information.

Chapter 602 (Senate Bill 1044)

The bill amends § 38.2-1300 in the Reports, Reserves and Examinations chapter to give the State Corporation Commission the discretion to permit insurers to file their annual financial statements electronically.

Chapter 642 (House Bill 1971)

The bill amends the requirements outlined in § 38.2-3723 in the Credit Life, Credit Accident and Sickness Insurance chapter for determining the minimum standard for the valuation for credit life insurance reserves and for credit accident and sickness insurance reserves. Amendments to § 38.2-3723 A provide for the use of the 2001 Commissioners' Standard Ordinary Male Composite Ultimate Mortality Table for determining the minimum standard for the valuation of credit life insurance reserves. Amendments also set forth the requirements for interest rate calculations. Amendments to § 38.2-3723 B provide for the use of the 1985 Commissioners' Individual Disability Table A for determining the minimum standard for the valuation of single premium credit disability contract reserves. Amendments also set forth the requirements for interest rate calculations.  A new subsection C in § 38.2-3723 adds a provision requiring an insurer to establish an additional reserve liability for all credit life and disability contracts in the aggregate when the net premium refund liability exceeds the aggregate recorded contract reserve.

Chapter 717 (Senate Bill 1352)

The bill amends § 38.2-1329 in the Reports, Reserves and Examinations chapter as to the declaration of a dividend or distribution by an insurer that is a member of an insurance holding company system to its shareholders. Such a dec laration shall confer no rights upon shareholders until the Commission has approved the payment of the ordinary dividend or other distribution, or until 30 days have passed since the Commission has received written notification of the declaration from the insurer. The bill requires that the Commission act on a disclaimer of affiliation that contains all the information required by the Commission within 30 days of receiving such information.


Chapter 226 (House Bill 2655)

The bill amends and reenacts § 38.2-3407.1 in the Accident and Sickness Insurance chapter relating to interest on accident and sickness claims proceeds.  The bill provides that the section shall not apply to claims proceeds payable to an out-of-state provider of pharmacy services for pharmacy services rendered outside of the Commonwealth. The section shall apply, however, to claims proceeds payable to such an out-of-state provider if the state where the services are rendered fails to provide for the payment of interest on the claims proceeds, in which case the interest payable to the policyholder, insured, claimant, or assignee will be computed daily at the legal rate of interest from the 30th day following the insurer's receipt of proof of loss to the date of claim payment.

Chapter 299 (Senate Bill 1480)

The bill adds § 38.2-3301.1 to the Life Insurance Policies chapter to provide that, for the purpose of determining the commencement of the period when a policy owner of an individual life policy can exercise any statutory right to examine, surrender, or return the policy for cancellation, the delivery date must be:

1. The date of the signed receipt of policy delivery if the policy is (i) delivered by U.S. mail or other postal delivery system; or (ii) physically delivered to the policyowner by a representative of the insurer; or

2. The date of electronic transmission if the transmission is effected electronically according to the insurance title and any other state and federal law. The insurer must retain evidence of electronic transmittal for the life of the policy.

If an insurer does not deliver a policy as provided above, the burden of proof is on the insurer to establish policy delivery, in the event there is a dispute with the policyowner.

Notwithstanding subsections A and B of the bill, a policy is deemed to have been received by the policyowner as of its issue date if six months have passed since issuance and the policyowner  has paid premiums for those six months.

Chapter 643 (House Bill 1972)

The bill amends § 38.2-233 in the Provisions of a General Nature Chapter and §§ 38.2-3724, 38.2-3729, 38.2-3735 and 38.2-3737 in the Credit Accident and Sickness Insurance Chapter. The bill adds language to provide that, for single premium credit insurance, the debtor must be given a notice that discloses the right to a refund of premium if the insurance is terminated prior to its scheduled maturity date, or if the debt is terminated or paid off earlier than scheduled. The notice must be provided at the time of contract and must include notice of the debtor's obligation to notify the insurer, as per § 38.2-233 G for credit property or credit involuntary unemployment insurance and § 38.2-3735 E for credit life or credit accident and sickness insurance. The notice must be signed and dated by the debtor and the agent, if any, soliciting the application or by the creditor's representative, if any, soliciting the enrollment request. A copy of the notice must be given to the debtor and a copy must be retained in the insurer's file. Refunds of five dollars or less are not required to be paid. Section 38.2-233 G includes the actual language required in the notice that must be included in any form for credit property or credit involuntary employment insurance. The subsection requires that the unearned premium calculation be calculated on a pro rata basis. Section 38.2-3724 is revised to include the notice language required for each individual policy or group certificate for credit life and credit accident and sickness insurance. Any refund for credit life or credit accident and sickness insurance can be paid or credited to the debtor or person entitled to the refund.

Chapter 653 (House Bill 2467)

The bill adds § 38.2-3100.3 to the Life Insurance chapter to provide requirements for life insurance or annuity contracts used to fund preneed funeral contracts. The bill defines a preneed funeral contract as "any agreement where payment is made by the insured prior to the receipt of services or supplies contracted for, which evidences arrangements prior to death for (i) providing funeral services or (ii) the sale of funeral supplies." The bill requires the inclusion within all applicable life insurance and annuity policies or certificates, of a provision specifying the means by which face amounts and death benefits will be adjusted, as per subsection C of § 54.1-2820.

Insurers proposing to issue individual or group life insurance po licies or individual or group annuity contracts in Virginia for purposes of funding preneed funeral contracts must clearly disclose the intended purpose and market for such policies and contracts when submitting the forms with the Commission for approval, in accordance with § 38.2-316.

Chapter 796 (House Bill 2024) and Chapter 877 (Senate Bill 1411)

PLEASE NOTE: This letter provides only a brief summary of those sections in House Bill 2024 and Senate Bill 1411 that specifically relate to insurance, as addressed in items (1) and (2) below. Both bills also amend § 32.1-102.4 (Health) of the Code of Virginia, relating to a certificate of public need.

The following is a brief summary of the insurance components of the bills.  With respect to item (1), more detailed information and guidance will be provided by separate Administrative Letter.

(1) To establish a plan of "basic health insurance coverage" that may be offered, sold, or issued by insurers and health services plans to small employers in Virginia, House Bill 2024 and Senate Bill 1411 both add §§ 38.2-3406.1 and 38.2-3406.2 to the Insurance Title and amend § 38.2-4214, the "sweep-in" provision applicable to health services plans.  Essentially, with respect to these plans, it is permissible to exclude one or more of the state mandated health benefits, except for those requiring coverage for mammograms, pap smears, PSA testing, and colorectal screening (§§ 38.2-3418.1, 38.2-3418.1:2, 38.2-3418.7 and 38.2-3418.7:1, respectively). The bills also require that such plans allow for reimbursement to the mandated providers listed in § 38.2-3408, of covered services that such providers can legally render in Virginia.  Several key terms are defined in the bills, certain disclosure and form requirements applicable to these plans are identified, and both bills include language specifically stating that the offering, sale, or issuance of policies with annua l or lifetime benefit caps is not prohibited.  Carriers offering plans pursuant to the bill must report to the Bureau annually the number of small employers and individuals covered by plans without mandated benefits, the coverage provided, and the cost of premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. The Bureau must compile the information and evaluate the impact of the plans and report to the Governor and General Assembly on August 1, 2010, and August 1, 2011.

(2) House Bill 2024 also adds § 38.2-3541.1 to the Code of Virginia, addressing special circumstances for the continuation of coverage after involuntary termination of employment.   This section became effective immediately upon its passage on April 8, 2009. The section only applies to emp loyees of small employers with less than 20 employees. The bill requires that, for the purpose of meeting the definition of "COBRA continuation coverage" in Title III of Division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, P.L. 111-5 (the Act), employees involuntarily terminated from employment between September 1, 2008, and December 31, 2009 (or any period for which premium assistance specified in the Act as later amended), shall be offered the option to continue their group health coverage subject to the following:

· Coverage shall continue for up to nine months after the date of (i) involuntary termination for those terminated after enactment of the section; or (ii) after the date of notification required by subdivision 3 of the section; contingent on the employee's eligibility for premium assistance under the Act.

· Premium payments can be paid on a monthly basis to the group policyholder and cannot exceed 102% of the current premium rate for the group policy.

· Employers shall provide notice of availability of continuation.  Notice must be provided based on the date of termination.

· The employee must elect the continuation of coverage within 60 days after notice of the plan enrollment options.

Chapter 839 (Senate Bill 1116)

The bill adds § 38.2-3418.15 to the Accident and Sickness chapter and amends § 38.2-3418.15 in the Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) chapter to require insurers, corporations, and HMOs to offer coverage for medically necessary prosthetic devices, their repair, fitting, replacement, and components. The coverage does not include repair and replacement due to neglect by the enrol lee and does not include prosthetic devices designed primarily for athletic purposes.  Insurers cannot impose any annual or lifetime dollar maximum on coverage for prosthetic devices other than an annual or lifetime dollar maximum that applies in the aggregate to all items and services covered under the policy. The coverage may be subject to, and no more restrictive than, the provisions that apply to other benefits under the policy.  The insurer shall not apply amounts paid for prosthetic devices to any annual or lifetime dollar maximum applicable to other durable medical equipment covered under the policy other than an annual or lifetime dollar maximum that applies in the aggregate to all items and services covered under the policy. No insurer, corporation, or HMO shall impose upon any person receiving benefits any coinsurance in excess of 30% of the carrier's allowable charge for such prosthetic devices or services when provided by an in-network provider.  The bill provides that an insurer, corporation, or HMO may require preauthorization to determine medical necessity and the eligibility of benefits for prosthetic devices and components, in the same manner that prior authorization is required for any other covered benefits.  The bill applies to insurance policies, contracts, or plans delivered, issued for delivery, reissued, or extended in the Commonwealth on or after January 1, 2010, or at any time thereafter when any term of the policy, contract or plan is changed or premium adjustments are made.  The bill does not apply to short-tem travel, accident only, limited or specified disease, or individual conversion policies or contracts, or policies or contracts designed for issuance to persons eligible for Medicare, or similar coverage under government plans.

NOTE: See Also Chapter 642 (House Bill 1971)


Chapter 215 (House Bill 2430)

The bill adds § 38.2-325 (Provisions Relating to Insurance Policies) to allow insurers and their policyholders to agree to communicate electronically.  The bill also amends §§ 38.2-231, 38.2-2113, 38.2-2114, 38.2-2208, and 38.2-2212 pertaining to nonrenewal notice requirements to allow nonrenewal notices to be provided electronically as long as the insurer and the policyholder mutual ly agree to this manner of communication.  In addition, any nonrenewal notice provided electronically to an insured pursuant to the above referenced Code sections shall also be provided to the agent of record electronically.  The notice sent to the agent of record may be a copy of the notice sent to the insured or a list of insureds' names, policy numbers, and termination dates.  Notice need not be given to an agent if the agent is an employee of the insurer, is a nonemployee exclusive agent of the insurer, or has waived the receipt of such notices in writing. Evidence of transmittal must be retained by the insurer for one year.

Chapter 357 (House Bill 1974) and Chapter 545 (Senate Bill 1013)

The bills amend § 38.2-2217 A to add a provision that a motor vehicle crash prevention course for persons who are fifty-five years of age and older may be delivered through a computer-based medium via the Internet or other electronic means that is acceptable to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The medium utilized must have security features to ensure that the person who takes the course and passes the examination is also the person who receives the completion certificate. Insurers may provide a credit for their insureds who take a course via the Internet. A credit must be given for classroom courses successfully passed.

Chapter 442 (House Bill 1887)

The bill amends § 38.2-2114 (Fire Insurance Policies) regarding insurer cancellations of policies insuring owner-occupied dwellings. Insurers may cancel a policy during the policy period if there has been a completed foreclosure action by the second party where the property has been sold by the trustee under a deed of trust and the sale has been properly recorded in the land title records of jurisdiction in which the property is located.

Chapter 664 (House Bill 1982)

The bill amends § 38.2-1903.1 pertaining to the exemption from certain form approval and filing requirements for policies issued to large commercial risks. Automobile policies issued to large commercial risks will no longer be required to comply with the commercial automobile standard policy forms promulgated by the Commission nor will they have to be filed with the Commission. The bill also allows any officer of the corporation from a large commercial risk to sign the annual certification form.

NOTE: See Also Chapter 643 (House Bill 1972)

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CASE NO. BFI-2009-00276

Ex Parte: In re: annual fees for
licensed credit counseling agencies


On April 17, 2009, the State Corporation Commission ("Commission") entered an Order to Take Notice of a proposed regulation setting forth a schedule of annual fees to be paid by credit counseling agencies licensed under Chapter 10.2 of Title 6.1 of the Code of Virginia.  The Order and proposed regulation were published in the Virginia Register on May 11, 2009, posted on the Commission's website, and mailed to all licensed credit counseling agencies and other interested parties.  Interested parties were afforded the opportunity to file written comments or request a hearing on or before May 20, 2009.

Comments on the proposed regulation were filed by Credit Card Management Services, Inc.; the Center for Child & Family Services d/b/a Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Hampton Roads; American Debt Counseling, Inc.; Family Credit Counseling Service, Inc. d/b/a Family Credit Management Services; and Senator John Miller. The American Association of Debt Management Organizations filed comments on the proposed regulation and requested a hearing.

NOW THE COMMISSION, having considered the foregoing, is of the opinion that a hearing should be held to consider the adoption of the proposed regulation.


(1) The Commission shall conduct a hearing in the Commission's Courtroom, Second Floor, Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia, at 10 a.m. on October 28, 2009, to consider the adoption of the proposed regulation that was attached to the Order to Take Notice.

(2) The Commission's Division of Information Resources shall cause a copy of this Order to be sent to the Virginia Registrar of Regulations for publication in the Virginia Register of Regulations.

(3) This Order shall be posted on the Commission's website at

(4) This matter is continued.

AN ATTESTED COPY hereof shall be sent by the Clerk of the Commission to: Paul Donohue, Credit Card Management Services, Inc., 4611 Okeechobee Boulevard, Suite 114, West Palm Beach, Florida 33417; Michael Edmonds, Executive Director, Center for Child & Family Services, d/b/a Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Hampton Roads, P.O. Box 7315, 2021 Cunningham Drive, Suite 400, Hampton, Virginia 23666; Alan Silverberg, Chief Executive Officer, American Debt Counseling, Inc., 14051 NW 14th Street, Sunrise, Florida 33323; Patrick F. Steva, Legal Compliance Coordinator, Family Credit Counseling Service, Inc., d/b/a Family Credit Management Services, 4306 Charles Street, Rockford, Illinois 61108; Mark Guimond, Executive Director, American Association of Debt Management Organizations, 5210 Laurelwood Drive, Kingwood, Texas 77345; and to the Commissioner of Financial Institutions, who shall mail a copy of this Order to all licensed credit counseling agencies and such other interested parties as he may designate.


Notice of Changes to the Compulsory Minimum Training Standards for Entry Level Law-Enforcement Officers

The Committee on Training of the Criminal Justice Services Board has approved changes to the training objectives, criteria, and lesson plan guides of the Compulsory Minimum Training Standards for Entry Level Law Enforcement Officers as part of its annual review under 6VAC20-20-25. Copies of the changes may be obtained by contacting Judith Kirkendall, Department of Criminal Justice Services, 1100 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219, or A copy may be downloaded from the website by going to, click on Standards and Training under quick links, click on Compulsory Minimum Training Standards in the left column, click on law enforcement in the center column, and click on 2008 Changes to Entry-level Law Enforcement Training Standards at the top of the table of contents.

Notice of Changes to the Compulsory Minimum Training Standards for Entry Level Jailors

The Committee on Training of the Criminal Justice Services Board has approved changes to the training objectives, criteria, and lesson plan guides of the Compulsory Minimum Training Standards for Entry Level Jailors as part of its annual review under 6VAC20-50-25. Copies of the changes may be obtained by contacting Judith Kirkendall, Department of Criminal Justice Services, 1100 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219, or A copy may be downloaded from the website by going to, click on Standards and Training under quick links, click on Compulsory Minimum Training Standards in the left column, click on jail/court security/civil process in the center column, and click on 2008 Changes to Entry-level Jail Training Standards at the top of the table of contents.


Draft 2010 Water Quality Assessment Guidance Manual

On June 22, 2009, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will release the draft 2010 Water Quality Assessment Guidance Manual for public comment.

A copy of the draft 2010 Water Quality Assessment Guidance Manual (DEQ Assessment Guidance) is available to download from the DEQ Water Quality Assessment webpage at  A hard copy can also be requested from Harry Augustine, DEQ, Water Quality Assessment Coordinator, using his contact information below.

Section 62.1-44.19:5 C of the Code of Virginia requires DEQ to develop and publish the procedures used for defining and determining impaired waters and provide for public comment on these procedures.  The DEQ Assessment Guidance contains the assessment procedures to be used for the development of Virginia's 2010 § 305(b)/§ 303(d) Integrated (i.e., combined Water Quality Assessment and Impaired Waters) Report.  The 2010 Integrated Report is due to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by April 1, 2010.

The DEQ Assessment Guidance seeks to address all key elements of previous EPA assessment guidance including the 2010 guidance updates released on May 5, 2009. EPA has reserved the right to amend their guidance at a later date. The DEQ guidance also reflects changes in Virginia's Water Quality Standards that were sent to EPA in 2009 for review and approval.  Most notably there are proposed changes in many of the criteria for toxics in fish tissue and public water supply as well as revised procedures for assessing water quality in lakes. If EPA requires changes at a later date, the DEQ Assessment Guidance will be revised accordingly and noticed for additional public comment.

Written comments on the DEQ Assessment Guidance will be accepted through Friday, July 24, 2009, at 4:30 p.m.  Comments can be submitted via email (Microsoft Word attachment is preferred) or U.S. mail. Written comments should include the name, address, telephone number, and, if applicable, the email address of each person and/or organization submitting comments. Comments and related correspondence should be addressed to Harry Augustine.  DEQ responses to all comments received will be made collectively, via a response document. The response document and final assessment guidance will be posted on the assessment webpage when completed, at the URL above.

Contact Information: Harry Augustine, Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218, telephone (804) 698-4037, FAX (804) 698-4032, or via email

Proposed Consent Order - Town of Front Royal

An enforcement action has been proposed for the Town of Front Royal for alleged violations in the town. A proposed consent order describes a settlement to resolve alleged unauthorized discharges to South Fork of the Shenandoah River. A description of the proposed action is available at the DEQ office named below or online at David C. Robinett will accept comments by email, FAX (540) 574-7878, or postal mail Valley Regional Office, P.O. Box 3000, 4411 Early Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 from June 22, 2009, to July 22, 2009.


Director's Orders

The following Director's Orders of the State Lottery Department were filed with the Virginia Registrar of Regulations on May 27, 2009. The order may be viewed at the State Lottery Department, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia, or at the office of the Registrar of Regulations, 910 Capitol Street, 2nd Floor, Richmond, Virginia.

Final Rules for Game Operation:

Director's Order Number Thirty-Seven (09)

"Virginia Lottery's Corvette® Cash Sweepstakes" (effective 5/26/09)

Director's Order Number Thirty-Eight (09)

Virginia's Instant Game Lottery 1111; "Corvette® Cash" (effective 5/26/09)

Director's Order Number Thirty-Nine (09)

Virginia's Instant Game Lottery 1135; "Flip Flop Cash" (effective 5/28/09)

Director's Order Number Forty (09)

Virginia's Instant Game Lottery 1136; "Lucky $500!" (effective 5/28/09)

Director's Order Number Forty-One (09)

Virginia's Instant Game Lottery 1141; "Dollars & Diamonds" (effective 5/28/09)

Director's Order Number Forty-Two (09)

Virginia's Twentieth On-Line Game; "Fast Play Bonus Bingo" (effective 5/28/09)

Director's Order Number Forty-Three (09)

Virginia's Twenty-First On-Line Game; "Fast Play Find The 9's" (effective 5/28/09)


Notice to State Agencies

Mailing Address: Virginia Code Commission, 910 Capitol Street, General Assembly Building, 2nd Floor, Richmond, VA 23219.

Filing Material for Publication in the Virginia Register of Regulations

Agencies are required to use the Regulation Information System (RIS) when filing regulations for publication in the Virginia Register of Regulations. The Office of the Virginia Register of Regulations implemented a web-based application called RIS for filing regulations and related items for publication in the Virginia Register. The Registrar's office has worked closely with the Department of Planning and Budget (DPB) to coordinate the system with the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall. RIS and Town Hall complement and enhance one another by sharing pertinent regulatory information.

The Office of the Virginia Register is working toward the eventual elimination of the requirement that agencies file print copies of regulatory packages. Until that time, agencies may file petitions for rulemaking, notices of intended regulatory actions and general notices in electronic form only; however, until further notice, agencies must continue to file print copies of proposed, final, fast-track and emergency regulatory packages.


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