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CSHB 394(L&C): "An Act relating to allowing insurance policy forms to be filed and approved in languages other than English if an official English language version is also filed, and authorizing use of insurance policy forms and associated materials in languages other than English."

00                       CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 394(L&C)                                                                    
01 "An Act relating to allowing insurance policy forms to be filed and approved in                                         
02 languages other than English if an official English language version is also filed, and                                 
03 authorizing use of insurance policy forms and associated materials in languages other                                   
04 than English."                                                                                                          
05 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
06    * Section 1. AS 21.42 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                  
07            Sec. 21.42.175. Non-English translations. (a) The director may approve an                                  
08       insurance policy form in a language other than English if the insurance policy form                               
09                 (1)  is filed with a copy of the same material in English; and                                          
10                 (2)  discloses, in both English and the language other than English, that                               
11       the English language version is the official version and the non-English language                                 
12       version is for informational purposes only.                                                                       
13            (b)  The English language version of the insurance policy form or associated                                 
14       material shall be the official version for purposes of application and interpretation if                          
01       the non-English insurance policy form or associated material                                                      
02                 (1)  is provided with a copy of the same material in English; and                                       
03                 (2)  discloses, in both English and the language other than English, that                               
04       the English language version is the official version and the non-English language                                 
05       version is for informational purposes only.                                                                       
06            (c)  An insurer may not knowingly misrepresent information in an insurance                                   
07       policy form or associated material translated into a language other than English.                                 
08            (d)  For purposes of this subsection, "associated material" means advertising                                
09       and marketing information including brochures, pamphlets, or electronic media used                                
10       to describe or promote the insurance policy form.