MD | The Maryland Insurance Administration has issued Bulletin 21-19.
On March 5, 2020, Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. declared a state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency (the “SOE”) for the entire State in order to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the State. The SOE declared on March 5, 2020 has been renewed multiple times, most recently on June 12, 2021.
On March 12, 2020, Governor Hogan issued emergency order No. 20-06-19-01, which was most recently amended and renewed on March 9, 2021 (Emergency Order No. 21-03-09-03), which, among other things, authorized unit heads to suspend certain legal time requirements under certain specified conditions. Acting on the authority granted by the March 12, 2020 emergency order, on July 23, 2020, the Commissioner issued Bulletin 20-29, temporarily suspending the obligation of title insurers to conduct an on-site review of each of its title insurance producers appointed as a principle agent within a calendar year, provided that certain conditions were met. The Bulletin stated that it would remain in effect until the 30th day after the date by which the SOE is rescinded, as permitted by the aforesaid emergency order. To the extent that the authorized suspension period expired prior to the end of the calendar year 2020, Bulletin 20-29 set forth the Administration’s enforcement position for title insurers that were unable to complete all required in-person audits by the end of the calendar year.