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Insurance Code - INS

DIVISION 1. GENERAL RULES GOVERNING INSURANCE [100 - 1879.8]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 145. )
  

PART 2. THE BUSINESS OF INSURANCE [680 - 1879.8]

  ( Part 2 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 145. )
  

CHAPTER 6. Surplus Line Brokers [1760 - 1780]
  ( Chapter 6 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 145. )

  
1774.  

(a) (1) On or before the first day of March of each year the surplus line broker, placing business for a home state insured, shall file with the commissioner a sworn statement of all business transacted under his or her surplus line license during the last preceding calendar year. The statement shall contain an account of the business done by the surplus line broker placing business for a home state insured for the prior year, and shall include (A) the total amount of gross premium, (B) the total gross premium for single state risks where 100 percent of the premium is attributable to risks in California, and (C) for multistate risks, the percentage of gross premium allocated to California and each other state. The commissioner may waive or modify any of the foregoing requirements by issuance of a notice published on the department’s Internet Web site.

(2) On or before the first day of March of each year, the home state insured that directly procures insurance pursuant to Section 1760 shall file with the commissioner a sworn statement of all business done during the last preceding calendar year. That statement shall contain an account of the insurance directly procured by the home state insured pursuant to Section 1760 for the prior year, and shall include (A) the total amount of premium, (B) the total premium for single state risks where 100 percent of the premium is attributable to risks in California, and (C) for multistate risks, the percentage of premium allocated to California and each other state. The commissioner may waive or modify any of the foregoing requirements by issuance of a notice published on the department’s Internet Web site.

(b) For purposes of this chapter, “business done” or “business transacted” means all insurance business conducted by the surplus line broker for a home state insured or directly procured by the home state insured. If two or more persons licensed as surplus line brokers are involved in placing a policy, only the one who is responsible for filing the confidential written report pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 1763, shall be considered transacting business for tax purposes and then only one licensed surplus line broker shall include the policy in his or her sworn statement. The surplus line broker who is required to include the policy in his or her own statement is either (1) the one who is responsible for negotiating, effecting the placement, remitting the premium to the nonadmitted insurer or its representatives, and filing the confidential written report pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 1763, or (2) the one surplus line broker who is delegated the responsibility for the filing of the confidential written report pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 1763 pursuant to a written agreement that is (A) by and among the surplus line brokers referenced in paragraph (1) and this paragraph involved in the transaction, (B) signed by the surplus line brokers referenced in paragraph (1) and this paragraph involved in the transaction, and (C) provides by its terms that the agreement shall be made available to the commissioner or his or her designee, upon request.

(c) The date on which the surplus line broker transacting a policy prepares a bill or invoice for payment of all or part of the premiums due, shall be considered the date on which that business was done or transacted, subject to subdivision (d). This date shall be shown on the face of the bill or invoice and shall be referred to as the “invoice date.”

(d) (1) The invoice date shall be no more than 60 days after the policy effective date and no more than 60 days after the insurance was placed with a nonadmitted insurer, except as provided in paragraph (2).

(2) For purposes of this chapter, the amount of gross premium to be reported, if premiums are billed and payable in installments, shall be the amount of the installment premium, provided the amount and due date of each installment, or the basis for determining each installment, is identifiable in the policy or an endorsement, and either of the following conditions is satisfied:

(A) Installments under the policy are not billed more frequently than once per month.

(B) If more than one installment is billed in any month, the commissioner determines, in his or her discretion, that the installment billing method used does not unduly burden the commissioner’s ability to accurately determine the amount of premium paid by the insured.

(3) If a new or renewal policy has an effective date between January 1, 2011, to July 20, 2011, inclusive, and is placed on or before July 20, 2011, then the policy shall be considered to be business done by the surplus line broker as of the effective date. If a new or renewal policy has an effective date between January 1, 2011, to July 20, 2011, inclusive, then the policy shall be considered to be business done by the home state insured who directly procures policies as of the effective date. Cancellations or endorsements shall be business done on the same date as the policy that is being canceled or endorsed, if that policy effective date is on or before July 20, 2011. Installment premiums, as referenced in paragraph (2), shall be business done on the date of the most recent invoice issued on or before July 20, 2011, that included premium tax charges. This paragraph is enacted to address the July 21, 2011, effective date of the federal Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (P.L. 111-203), and shall remain in effect only until October 18, 2012.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 162, Sec. 109. Effective January 1, 2013.)