2003 Regular Session
By: Representative Stevens, Chism, Dedeaux, Eads, Formby, Ketchings, Masterson, Montgomery (74th), Robinson (63rd), Robinson (84th), Simpson
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 83-30-51, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT A LARGER FRATERNAL BENEFIT SOCIETY SHALL BE HELD TO BE LEGALLY SOLVENT AS LONG AS THE FUNDS BELONGING TO THE SOCIETY ARE EQUAL TO OR IN EXCESS OF ITS MATURED LIABILITIES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 83-30-51, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
83-30-51. (1) Every society transacting business in this state shall annually, on or before March 1, unless for cause shown such time has been extended by the commissioner, file with the commissioner a true statement of its financial condition, transactions and affairs for the preceding calendar year. The statement shall be in general form and context as approved by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for fraternal benefit societies and as supplemented by additional information required by the commissioner.
(2) As part of the annual statement herein required, each society shall, on or before March 1, file with the commissioner a valuation of its certificates in force on December 31 last preceding, provided the commissioner may, in his or her discretion for cause shown, extend the time for filing such valuation for not more than two (2) calendar months. Such valuation shall be done in accordance with the standards specified in Section 83-30-49. Such valuation and underlying data shall be certified by a qualified actuary or, at the expense of the society, verified by the actuary of the department of insurance of the state of domicile of the society. This valuation shall not be considered or regarded as a test of the financial solvency of the society, but as an indication of the ability of the society to pay the benefits promised under its certificates without change in benefits or in rates of contribution; and each society shall be held to be legally solvent as long as the funds belonging to the society are equal to or in excess of its matured liabilities.
(3) A society neglecting to file the annual statement in the form and within the time provided by this section may be subject to a fine of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) for each day during which such neglect continues, and its authority to do business in this state may be suspended by the commissioner while such default continues.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2003.