2002 Regular Session
By: Representative Stevens, Chism, Masterson, Montgomery (74th)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 83-17-63, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT THE PENALTIES CHARGED FOR LATE RENEWAL OF AN INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE PRODUCER LICENSE SHALL BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 27-15-215, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972; TO AMEND SECTION 83-17-75, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE CERTAIN REFERENCES TO CODE SECTIONS IN THE INSURANCE PRODUCER LICENSING LAW; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 83-17-63, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
83-17-63. (1) Unless denied licensure under Section 83-17-71, persons who have met the requirements of Sections 83-17-59 and 83-17-61, shall be issued an insurance producer license. An insurance producer may receive qualification for a license in one or more of the following lines of authority:
(a) Life: insurance coverage on human lives including benefits of endowment and annuities and may include benefits in the event of death or dismemberment by accident and benefits for disability income.
(b) Accident and health or sickness: insurance coverage for sickness, bodily injury or accidental death and may include benefits for disability income.
(c) Property: insurance coverage for the direct or consequential loss or damage to property of every kind.
(d) Casualty: insurance coverage against legal liability, including that for death, injury or disability or damage to real or personal property.
(e) Variable life and variable annuity products: insurance coverage provided under variable life insurance contracts and variable annuities.
(f) Personal lines: property and casualty insurance coverage sold to individuals and families for primarily noncommercial purposes.
(g) Credit: limited line credit insurance.
(h) Any other line of insurance permitted under state laws or regulations.
(2) An insurance producer license shall remain in effect unless revoked or suspended as long as the fee set forth in Sections 27-15-87 and 27-15-93 is paid and education requirements for resident individual producers are met by the due date.
(3) An individual insurance producer who allows his or her license to lapse may, within twelve (12) months from the due date of the renewal fee, reinstate the same license without the necessity of passing a written examination. The penalty for such late renewal shall be in compliance with Section 27-15-215.
(4) A licensed insurance producer who is unable to comply with license renewal procedures due to military service or some other extenuating circumstances, including, but not limited to, a long-term medical disability may request a waiver of those procedures. The producer may also request a waiver of any examination requirement or any other fine or sanction imposed for failure to comply with renewal procedures.
(5) The license shall contain the licensee's name, address, personal identification number and the date of issuance, the lines of authority, the expiration date and any other information the commissioner deems necessary.
(6) Licensees shall inform the commissioner by any means acceptable to the commissioner of a change of address within thirty (30) days of the change. Failure to timely inform the commissioner of a change in legal name or address shall result in a penalty under Section 83-17-71.
(7) In order to assist in the performance of the commissioner's duties, the commissioner may contract with nongovernmental entities, including the National Association of Insurance Commissioner (NAIC) or any affiliates or subsidiaries that the NAIC oversees, to perform any ministerial functions, including the collection of fees, related to producer licensing that the commissioner and the nongovernmental entity may deem appropriate.
SECTION 2. Section 83-17-75, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
83-17-75. (1) An insurance producer shall not act as an agent of an insurer unless the insurance producer becomes an appointed agent of that insurer. An insurance producer who is not acting as an agent of a noninsurer is not required to become appointed.
(2) To appoint a producer as its agent, the appointing insurer shall file, in a format approved by the commissioner, a notice of appointment within fifteen (15) days from the date the agency contract is executed or the first insurance application is submitted. An insurer may also elect to appoint a producer to all or some insurers within the insurer's holding company system or group by the filing of a single appointment request.
(3) Upon receipt of the notice of appointment, the commissioner shall verify within a reasonable time not to exceed thirty (30) days that the insurance producer is eligible for appointment. If the insurance producer is determined to be ineligible for appointment, the commissioner shall notify the insurer within five (5) days of its determination.
(4) An insurer shall pay an appointment fee, in the amount and method of payment set forth in Section 83-5-73 for each insurance producer appointed by the insurer.
(5) An insurer shall remit, in a manner prescribed by the commissioner, a renewal appointment fee in the amount set forth in Section 83-5-73.
(6) Before the issuance of a license or certificate of authority, the commissioner shall require the company requesting appointment of the applicant as producer for the first time to furnish a certificate to the commissioner, verified by an executive officer or managing general or special agent of such company, that the company has duly investigated the character and record of such person and has satisfied itself that such person is of good moral character and is qualified, fit and trustworthy to act as its producer. The Commissioner of Insurance may at any time require any company to obtain a credit report on a producer if the commissioner deems such request advisable. Should such credit report reflect information regarding an offense or violation in relation to which the Department of Insurance has taken action, such information shall not render the applicant ineligible for a license if applicant has complied with the order of the commissioner regarding such offense.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2002.