2005 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Gordon
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 83-17-63, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CREATE A LIMITED LINES PRODUCER LICENSE FOR TERM LIFE INSURANCE; TO BRING FORWARD SECTION 83-17-59, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, WHICH PROVIDES FOR WRITTEN EXAMINATION OF APPLICANTS FOR AN INSURANCE PRODUCER LICENSE; 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) Term life: insurance coverage provided under term life insurance contracts.
(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 Commissioners (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 83-17-59, Mississippi Code of 1972, is brought forward as follows:
83-17-59. (1) A resident individual applying for an insurance producer license shall pass a written examination unless exempt under Section 83-17-67 or Section 83-17-39. The examination shall test the knowledge of the individual concerning the lines of authority for which application is made, the duties and responsibilities of an insurance producer and the insurance laws and regulations of this state. Examinations required by this section shall be developed and conducted under rules and regulations prescribed by the commissioner.
(2) The commissioner may make arrangements, including contracting with an outside testing service, for administering examinations and collecting a nonrefundable examination fee. (3) Each individual applying for an examination shall remit a nonrefundable fee as prescribed by the commissioner.
(4) An individual who fails to appear for the examination as scheduled or fails to pass the examination shall reapply for an examination and remit all required fees and forms before being rescheduled for another examination.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2005.