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2004 Committee Charter : HIG
LEGAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHARTER
The Legal and Public Affairs Committee (the "Committee") of the Board of Directors (the
"Board") of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (the "Company") reviews and considers
major claims and litigation, and legal, regulatory, intellectual property and related governmental
policy matters affecting the Company and its subsidiaries. The Committee reviews and approves
management policies and programs relating to compliance with legal and regulatory
requirements, business ethics and environmental matters. It also reviews and defines the
Company's social responsibilities, including issues of significance to the Company, its
shareholders and employees.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITY
The Committee shall:
1. Periodically review and consider major claims and litigation affecting the Company and
2. Periodically review legal, regulatory, and governmental policy matters affecting the
Company and its subsidiaries.
3. Review on an annual basis the Company's programs and policies that affect its reputation
4. Periodically review and consider compliance issues of concern to the Company.
5. Review and recommend for approval to the Board the Company's Proxy Statement and
related materials for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
The Committee shall be composed of three or more Directors. Committee members also shall
meet such other criteria as are adopted from time to time by the Board. The members of the
Committee shall be appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the Nominating and
Corporate Governance Committee annually, or as required upon the resignation, death,
incapacity or removal of a member of the Committee. Committee members may be replaced by
the Board at any time. The Committee shall have a chairman who is elected by the Board
annually or upon the resignation, death, incapacity or removal of the current chairman. The
position of Committee chairman shall rotate at least every three years among the members of the
Committee at the time of such rotation.
The Committee will meet at least three times a year. The agenda of each meeting will be
prepared by the General Counsel (with input from the committee Chairman and other members,
as well as the CEO) and circulated to each Committee member prior to the meeting date. The
Committee may request any officer or employee of the Company or the Company's outside
counsel or independent auditor to attend a meeting of the Committee or to meet with any
members of, or consultants to, the Committee.
One-third of the members of the Committee, but not less than two, will constitute a quorum. The
act of a majority of the members present at any meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the
act of the Committee. The Committee will meet at the call of its chairman and any two of its
members. The chairman will preside, when present, at all meetings of the Committee. The
Committee will keep a record of its meetings and report on them to the Board.
Members of the Committee may participate in a meeting of the Committee by conference call or
similar communications arrangements that enable all persons participating in the meeting to hear
each other. The Committee may also take action by subcommittee and written consent.