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AB-821 Insurance: motor vehicle insurance: cancellation: failure to renew.(2013-2014)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 821


Introduced by Assembly Member Yamada

February 21, 2013


An act to amend Section 669 of the Insurance Code, relating to insurance.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 821, as introduced, Yamada. Insurance: motor vehicle insurance: cancellation: failure to renew.
Existing law, with regard to the cancellation or failure to renew a motor vehicle insurance contract, requires an insurer, before policy expiration to, among other things, deliver to or mail to the named insured, at the address shown on the policy, one of the following: (1) at least 20 days before expiration, a written or verbal offer of renewal of the policy, contingent upon payment of premium as stated in the offer, or (2) at least 30 days before expiration, a written notice of nonrenewal of the policy, including a required statement. A wilful violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000 per violation.
This bill would instead make a wilful violation of the above provisions subject to an administrative penalty, enforceable by the Insurance Commissioner, not to exceed $1,000.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 669 of the Insurance Code is amended to read:

669.
 Any insurer willfully violating any provisions of Section 663 is guilty of a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of subject to an administrative penalty, enforceable by the commissioner, not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each violation thereof.