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AB-1232 Insurance Commissioner: administrative hearings.(2015-2016)

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Enrolled  September 03, 2015
Passed  IN  Senate  August 31, 2015
Passed  IN  Assembly  September 01, 2015
Amended  IN  Senate  June 29, 2015
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 30, 2015
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 13, 2015

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1232


Introduced by Assembly Member Cristina Garcia

February 27, 2015


An act to amend Section 1667 of the Insurance Code, relating to insurance.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1232, Cristina Garcia. Insurance Commissioner: administrative hearings.
Existing law grants the Insurance Commissioner certain powers and duties. Existing law prohibits the commissioner from denying an insurance agent or broker license to an applicant without an opportunity to be heard. The hearing is required to be conducted in accordance with specified provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act.
This bill would, if the applicant or permanent licensee is a natural person and requests a hearing, authorize the person, at his or her option, to have the hearing held by either the Office of Administrative Hearings, or an administrative law judge appointed by the commissioner to conduct the hearing. If the natural person does not indicate a preference of forum when requesting that hearing, the bill would authorize the commissioner to refer the matter for hearing to either the Office of Administrative Hearings, or to an administrative law judge appointed by the commissioner to conduct the hearing.
Existing law also requires the commissioner to make an annual report to the Governor, the Legislature, and the committees of the Senate and Assembly having jurisdiction over insurance showing, generally, the condition of the insurance business and interests in this state, and other matters concerning insurance, as specified.
This bill would require the commissioner, for 3 calendar years, to include in the report described above specified information regarding those cases in which a hearing was held, including the total number of cases in which a hearing was held and the average number of days that elapsed between the referral of a case to an administrative law judge and a proposed decision by that administrative law judge.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 1667 of the Insurance Code is amended to read:

1667.
 (a) Except as provided in Section 1669, a license shall not be denied without an opportunity for the applicant to be heard in support of his or her application. When a hearing is held, the proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a) of Section 11502 of the Government Code, when a natural person requests a hearing pursuant to Section 11506 of the Government Code, he or she may, at his or her option, have the hearing held by either the Office of Administrative Hearings pursuant to Section 11502 of the Government Code, or an administrative law judge appointed by the commissioner to conduct the hearing. If the natural person does not indicate a preference of forum when requesting that hearing, the commissioner may refer the matter for hearing to either the Office of Administrative Hearings pursuant to Section 11502 of the Government Code, or to an administrative law judge appointed by the commissioner to conduct the hearing.
(c) The commissioner shall include, in the report required pursuant to Section 12922, in each calendar year from 2017 to 2019, inclusive, the total number of cases in which a hearing was held, the number of those cases heard by an administrative law judge appointed by the commissioner, the average number of days that elapsed between the referral of a case to an administrative law judge and a proposed decision by that administrative law judge, and the outcome of the cases.