2005 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Wilemon
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 83-5-28, 83-11-5 AND 83-11-7, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE NOTICE OF CANCELLATION, REDUCTION IN COVERAGE OR NONRENEWAL OF COVERAGE TO BE MAILED OR DELIVERED BY THE INSURER TO THE NAMED CREDITOR LOSS PAYEE; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 83-5-28, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
83-5-28. (1) A cancellation, reduction in coverage or nonrenewal of liability insurance coverage, fire insurance coverage or single premium multiperil insurance coverage is not effective as to any coverage issued or renewed after June 30, 1989, unless notice is mailed or delivered to the insured and, where there is a named creditor loss payee, to such loss payee, by the insurer not less than thirty (30) days prior to the effective date of such cancellation, reduction or nonrenewal. This section shall not apply to nonpayment of premium where there is a named loss payee, in which case it shall apply to notices to the creditor loss payee.
(2) The provisions of subsection (1) shall be incorporated into each liability, fire and multiperil policy issued or renewed after June 30, 1989; and if such provisions are not expressly stated in the policy, such provisions shall be deemed to be incorporated in the policy.
SECTION 2. Section 83-11-5, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
83-11-5. No notice of cancellation of a policy to which Section 83-11-3 applies shall be effective unless mailed or delivered by the insurer to the named insured and to any named creditor loss payee at least thirty (30) days prior to the effective date of cancellation; provided, however, that where cancellation is for nonpayment of premium at least ten (10) days' notice of cancellation accompanied by the reason therefor shall be given. Unless the reason accompanies or is included in the notice of cancellation, the notice of cancellation shall state or be accompanied by a statement that upon written request of the named insured, mailed or delivered to the insurer not less than fifteen (15) days prior to the effective date of cancellation, the insurer will specify the reason for such cancellation.
This section shall not apply to nonrenewal unless there is a named creditor loss payee.
SECTION 3. Section 83-11-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
83-11-7. No insurer shall fail to renew a policy unless it shall mail or deliver to the named insured, at the address shown in the policy and to the named creditor loss payee, at least thirty (30) days' advance notice of its intention not to renew. This section shall not apply if there is no named creditor loss payee and:
(a) If the insurer has manifested its willingness to renew, subject to certain specified conditions which are not met by the insured; nor
(b) If the insured has manifested its unwillingness to renew; nor
(c) In case of nonpayment of premium; nor
(d) In case of failure to make timely payment of dues to, or to maintain membership in good standing with, a designated association, corporation or other organization where the original issue of such policy or renewal was dependent upon such membership; provided that, notwithstanding the failure of an insurer to comply with this section, the policy shall terminate on the effective date of any other insurance policy with respect to any automobile designated in both policies.
Renewal of a policy shall not constitute a waiver or estoppel with respect to grounds for cancellation which existed before the effective date of such renewal, and if a policy shall be cancelled as authorized by this article prior to such policy's renewal, such cancellation shall terminate any right of renewal conferred by this article.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2005.