(a) All hearings before the commissioner shall be subject to chapter 91 and the rules adopted pursuant thereto, unless it is expressly provided otherwise in this chapter.
(b) All actions of and proceedings before the commissioner under parts III, IV, V and VI of this article shall be closed to the public. In such proceedings, reports of examination, testimony of examiners and other evidence may be presented to substantiate or refute allegations stated in any notice of charges. Except as otherwise provided by law, no person shall divulge information regarding such actions or proceedings except to governmental authorities, to the person's directors, and to its officers, employees, attorneys, auditors, or other consultants or advisors of the person who have responsibilities related to the action or proceeding. Hearings which result from joint supervisory or enforcement actions with an appropriate federal regulatory agency shall be closed to the public, unless the procedures set forth in this section are preempted by federal law.
(c) Notwithstanding subsection (b) of this section, the commissioner may authorize the disclosure of the existence or outcome of an action or proceeding under parts III, IV, V and VI of this article and may disclose other general information concerning the action or proceeding, if the commissioner shall determine that such disclosure is in the public interest. [L 1993, c 350, pt of §1]