SB 577

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2023-2024 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 15, 2023
  • Passed Senate May 25, 2023
  • Assembly
  • Governor

Bill Subjects

Insurance

Abstract

(1) Existing law generally regulates classes of insurance, including life insurance and annuities. Existing law, beginning on January 1, 2025, requires a life agent, licensed on or after January 1, 2024, engaging in the sale of specified life insurance policies on or after January 1, 2025, to complete specified hours of life insurance training courses before soliciting consumers to sell these life insurance policies. Existing law requires a life agent, engaging in the sale of variable life insurance policies, to complete specified hours of training before renewing their license and applies these training provisions to licenses that are issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2025. This bill would clarify that the above-described training provisions apply to life agents selling individual life insurance policies and individual variable life insurance policies, as specified. (2) Existing law authorizes service of legal process, notices, or other specified papers to be made in specified circumstances by delivering 2 copies to the commissioner or the commissioner's deputy, accompanied by payment of $12. This bill would instead authorize service of legal process, notices, or other specified papers to be made in specified circumstances by delivering 2 copies to the commissioner, the commissioner's deputy, or the commissioner's designated agent for service of process, accompanied by payment of a substituted service fee determined by the commissioner. (3) Existing law prohibits knowingly employing runners, cappers, steerers, or other persons to procure clients or patients to perform or obtain services or benefits under workers' compensation coverage or a contract of insurance or that will be the basis for a claim against an insured individual or their insurer. Existing law authorizes a district attorney, the Insurance Commissioner, or an interested person to bring a civil action for a violation of that provision. If the district attorney elects not to pursue the matter due to insufficient resources, existing law authorizes the commissioner to proceed with the action. Existing law requires a copy of a complaint filed by an interested person to remain under seal for at least 60 days. Under existing law, an action brought by an interested person may be dismissed only if the court and the district attorney or the commissioner give written consent to the dismissal and their reasons for consenting. This bill would authorize the commissioner to proceed with an action if the district attorney elects not to pursue the matter for any reason, and would eliminate the requirement that the district attorney or commissioner give their reasons for consenting to dismissal of an action brought by an interested person. The bill would clarify that a complaint filed by an interested person is required to remain under seal for at least 60 days from the date of service on the district attorney and commissioner. (4) Existing law exempts from requirements for providing insurance set forth in the Insurance Code firefighters', police officers', and peace officers' benefit and relief associations that comply with specified criteria, including, among other things, a requirement that the membership consist solely of peace officers, members of police or fire departments, and emergency medical personnel employed by fire departments, as specified. Existing law prohibits these associations from operating or doing business in the state without a certificate of authority. Existing law requires an association to renew its certificate of authority on or before July 1, 2019, and every 5 years thereafter. This bill would, instead, require an association to renew its certificate of authority within 30 days after a change in name or address or before a merger. (5) Existing law sets forth procedures for a special motion to strike in a civil cause of action arising from an act in furtherance of a person's right of petition or free speech and for offers to compromise before commencement of a civil trial or arbitration. Existing law exempts from these procedures an enforcement action brought in the name of the people of the State of California by the Attorney General, a district attorney, or a city attorney, acting as a public prosecutor. This bill would additionally exempt from these procedures an enforcement action brought in the name of the people of the State of California by the Insurance Commissioner. (6) This bill would make technical changes to eliminate outdated references and correct errors.

Bill Sponsors (8)

Votes


Actions


Jun 26, 2024

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (June 26). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jun 17, 2024

Assembly

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on INS.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on INS.

Jun 13, 2024

Assembly

Read third time and amended.

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on INS. pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.2.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on INS. pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.2.

Assembly

Ordered to third reading.

Jun 12, 2024

Assembly

From inactive file.

Assembly

Ordered to third reading.

Jun 11, 2024

Assembly

Notice of intention to remove from inactive file given by Assembly Member Calderon.

Sep 06, 2023

Assembly

Ordered to inactive file on request of Assembly Member Bryan.

Sep 05, 2023

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Sep 01, 2023

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (September 1).

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 23, 2023

Assembly

August 23 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.

Jul 11, 2023

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (July 10). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jun 08, 2023

Assembly

Referred to Com. on E.M.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on E.M.

May 25, 2023

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 40. Noes 0. Page 1302.) Ordered to the Assembly.

May 23, 2023

Senate

Ordered to special consent calendar.

May 18, 2023

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 7. Noes 0. Page 1175.) (May 18).

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 12, 2023

Senate

Set for hearing May 18.

Apr 10, 2023

Senate

April 10 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.

Mar 29, 2023

Senate

Set for hearing April 10.

Mar 28, 2023

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 14. Noes 0. Page 546.) (March 28). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Mar 14, 2023

Senate

Set for hearing March 28.

Feb 22, 2023

Senate

Referred to Com. on G.O.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on G.O.

Feb 16, 2023

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 18.

Feb 15, 2023

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
SB577 HTML
02/15/23 - Introduced PDF
09/01/23 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/13/24 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/17/24 - Amended Assembly PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
03/24/23- Senate Governmental Organization PDF
04/07/23- Senate Appropriations PDF
05/20/23- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
07/07/23- Assembly Emergency Management PDF
08/21/23- Assembly Appropriations PDF
09/05/23- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
06/25/24- Assembly Insurance PDF

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