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AB-61 State Compensation Insurance Fund: board.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 07/05/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  July 05, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 61


Introduced by Assembly Member Holden

December 07, 2016


An act to amend Section 11770 of the Insurance Code, relating to the State Compensation Insurance Fund.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 61, as amended, Holden. State Compensation Insurance Fund: board.
Existing law establishes the State Compensation Insurance Fund to be administered by a board of directors for the purpose of transacting workers’ compensation insurance and other public employment-related insurances, as specified. Under existing law, the board is composed of 11 members, 9 of whom are appointed by the Governor. Existing law requires the Governor to appoint the chairperson and one board member from organized labor, as well as appointing board members, other than the labor member, who have specified qualifications.
This bill would require one of the board members that the Governor appoints to be a current or former small business owner who is or has been a small business owner for more than 5 years. years and who is a State Compensation Insurance Fund policyholder, as specified. The bill would require the exemption from specified qualifications that currently applies to the labor member to also apply to the small business owner member. The bill would provide that the small business owner member shall be appointed to the first board vacancy that is not left by the labor member or the member with an auditing background.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 11770 of the Insurance Code is amended to read:

11770.
 (a) The State Compensation Insurance Fund is continued in existence, to be administered by its board of directors for the purpose of transacting workers’ compensation insurance, and insurance against the expense of defending any suit for serious and willful misconduct, against an employer or his or her agent, and insurance to employees and other persons of the compensation fixed by the workers’ compensation laws for employees and their dependents. Any appropriation made therefrom or thereto before the effective date of this code shall continue to be available for the purposes for which it was made.
(b) (1) The Board of Directors of the State Compensation Insurance Fund is composed of 11 members, nine of whom shall be appointed by the Governor. The Governor shall appoint the chairperson. One of the members appointed by the Governor shall be from organized labor. One of the members appointed by the Governor shall be a current or former owner of a small business, as defined by paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Section 14837 of the Government Code, and who is or has been an owner of a small business for more than five years. years, and who has been a policyholder of the State Compensation Insurance Fund for one year immediately preceding the appointment and shall continue in this status during the period of his or her membership. The members appointed by the Governor, other than the labor member and the small business owner member, shall have substantial experience in positions involving workers’ compensation, legal, investment, financial, corporate governance and management, accounting, or auditing responsibilities with entities of sufficient size as to make their qualifications relevant to an enterprise of the financial and operational size of the State Compensation Insurance Fund. At all times the board shall have a member with an auditing background for the purposes of fulfilling the responsibility of the chair of the audit committee. A quorum is a majority of those appointed, provided that at no time shall a quorum be established with fewer than five members.
(2) The Speaker of the Assembly shall appoint one member who shall represent organized labor, and the Senate Committee on Rules shall appoint one member who shall have been a policyholder of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, or an officer or employee of a policyholder, for one year immediately preceding the appointment, and shall continue in this status during the period of his or her membership.
(3) The Director of Industrial Relations shall be an ex officio, nonvoting member of the board, and shall not be counted as members of the board for quorum purposes or any other purpose.
(4) Notwithstanding subdivision (c), the initial term of the members of the board added in the 2008 portion of the 2007–08 Regular Session shall be as follows:
(A) One of the members appointed by the Governor shall serve an initial term of two years, one shall serve an initial term of four years, and two shall serve an initial term of five years.
(B) The member appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules shall serve an initial term of four years.
(C) The member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly shall serve an initial term of three years.
(c) (1) The term of office of the members of the board, other than that of the director, shall be five years and they shall hold office until the appointment and qualification of their successors.
(2) The small business owner member shall be appointed at the time of the first board vacancy after January 1, 2018, excluding any vacancy left by the labor member or the auditing member.
(d) (1) Each member of the board shall receive his or her actual and necessary traveling expenses incurred in the performance of his or her duties as a member and, with the exception of the ex officio members, one hundred dollars ($100) for each day of his or her actual attendance at meetings of the board.
(2) (A) Each member of the board appointed pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (b) shall receive the compensation fixed pursuant to subparagraph (B).
(B) Each board member described in subparagraph (A) shall be paid an annual compensation of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), to be automatically adjusted beginning January 1, 2010, by multiplying the compensation in effect the prior June 30 by the percentage of inflation that occurred during the previous year, adding this amount to the annual compensation from the previous year, and rounding off the result to the nearest dollar. “Percentage of inflation” means the percentage of inflation specified in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, as published by the Department of Industrial Relations, or its successor index.
(e) Each member of the board of directors shall attend training approved by the board of directors that covers topics, including, but not limited to, the duties and obligations of members of a board of directors, corporate governance, ethics, board of director legal issues, insurance, finance and investment, and information technology. The training shall be conducted by persons or entities not affiliated with the State Compensation Insurance Fund.
(f) No person who has had a direct or indirect interest in any transaction with the State Compensation Insurance Fund since the beginning of the last fiscal year of the fund, or who has a direct or indirect material interest in any proposed transaction with the fund, where the amount involved in the transaction exceeds one hundred twenty thousand dollars ($120,000) shall be eligible for appointment as a member of the board of directors of the fund. Once appointed, no member of the board of directors shall have a financial conflict of interest, as defined in Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 87100) of Title 9 of the Government Code, and every member shall be subject to Article 4 (commencing with Section 1090) of Chapter 1 of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code, provided that the existence of a contract of insurance between the State Compensation Insurance Fund and the policyholder member appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules shall not constitute a conflict of interest pursuant to this subdivision. For purposes of board actions affecting generally applicable rates, a member of the board of directors shall not be deemed to have a financial interest, as defined in Article 4 (commencing with Section 1090) of Chapter 1 of Division 4 of Title 1 of, or pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 87100) of Title 9 of, the Government Code, in a contract of insurance between the State Compensation Insurance Fund and an organization of which any member of the board of directors is an owner, officer, or employee.
(g) The appointing authority of a member of the board may remove the member and make an appointment replacing the member for the duration of the term if the member ceases to discharge the duties of his or her office for the period of three consecutive board meetings.
(h) The board of the State Compensation Insurance Fund shall create, at a minimum, an audit committee, an investment committee, a corporate governance committee, and other committees as the board determines are necessary.