31.01.02.05

.05 Activation of Regulations.

A. In the event the Governor has declared or has renewed a declaration of a state of emergency for the State or an area within the State under Public Safety Article, §14-107, Annotated Code of Maryland, or the President of the United States has issued a major disaster or emergency declaration for the State or an area within the State under the Federal Act, the Commissioner may activate one or more of the requirements specified in this chapter adopted under this regulation by issuing a bulletin specifying:

(1) That a specific requirement of the chapter is activated;

(2) The line or lines of business to which the activated requirement described in §A(1) of this regulation applies;

(3) The geographic areas to which the activated requirement described in §A(1) of this regulation applies; and

(4) The period of time for which the activated requirement described in §A(1) of this regulation applies.

B. A requirement activated under §A or E of this regulation may not:

(1) Apply beyond the geographic area included within the Governor's or President's declaration of a state of emergency or disaster; or

(2) Apply, except as otherwise authorized by Insurance Article, §12-210 or 19-112, Annotated Code of Maryland, beyond the duration of the Governor's declaration or renewal of a state of emergency.

C. If a presidential disaster declaration is not accompanied by a declaration of a state of emergency by the Governor, a requirement activated under §A or E of this regulation may not remain in effect for more than 30 days of the presidential disaster declaration.

D. The Commissioner:

(1) Shall provide a copy of the bulletin to the disaster contact personnel identified pursuant to Regulation .04 of this chapter; and

(2) Shall, to the extent possible, post a copy of the bulletin on the Administration's website.

E. In addition to actions specifically set forth in this chapter, in the event of a state of emergency or emergency declaration, the Commissioner may take any other activity he considers necessary to protect the residents of the State.