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      RS 22:1558     


§1558. Appointments

            A.(1) An insurance producer shall not act as an agent of an insurer unless the insurance producer becomes an appointed agent of that insurer, except for surplus lines policies placed through licensed surplus lines brokers, surplus lines policies placed with unauthorized insurers by licensed surplus lines brokers, and workers' compensation policies placed with the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation.

            (2) An insurance producer who is not acting as an agent of an authorized insurer is not required to become appointed.

            (3) An insurance producer who is duly empowered and authorized to act through or on behalf of another licensed insurance producer in the sale, solicitation, or negotiation of insurance shall not be required to become appointed for the sale, solicitation, or negotiation so conducted.

            B.(1) An insurer lawfully authorized to transact business in this state shall appoint as its agent any person or persons holding a license issued under the provisions of this Subpart. To appoint a producer as its agent, the appointing insurer shall file, in a manner prescribed by the commissioner of insurance, a notice of appointment within fifteen days from the date the agency contract is executed. An insurer may also elect to appoint a producer to all or some insurers within the insurer's holding company system or group by the filing of a single appointment request.

            (2) Upon receipt of the notice of appointment, the commissioner shall verify within a reasonable time, not to exceed thirty days, that the insurance producer is eligible for appointment. If the producer is determined to be ineligible for appointment, the commissioner shall notify the insurer within fifteen days of such determination.

            (3) Each insurer shall submit to the commissioner of insurance, in a manner prescribed by the commissioner, a list of appointed producers which it intends to appoint or reappoint. Each insurer shall remit, in a manner prescribed by the commissioner, appointment fees in the amounts set forth in R.S. 22:821. Any insurer who fails to file its renewal company appointments will be fined ten dollars per license named in its appointment form.

            (4) An appointment as provided for in this Section shall remain in full force and effect until the following date of renewal, unless the license of the appointed producer named therein is revoked by the commissioner as provided for in this Subpart, or until canceled by the insurer upon written notice to the producer with a copy thereof filed with the commissioner.

            (5) The duties of the commissioner provided for in this Subsection shall be performed by the commissioner or employees of the department and may not be the subject of any contract for services with any person or entity outside of the department.

            C. Any insurance producer, unless otherwise prohibited by contract, licensed in this state, may solicit, negotiate, or effect applications for policies of insurance with any insurer lawfully doing business in this state, other than an insurer such producer is appointed to represent, if such producer is under contract with such insurer. However, no commissions shall be paid by such insurer to the producer until the appointment has been recorded by the commissioner.

            D. If any producer is operating or intends to operate its business affairs as a partnership, corporation, or other business entity, the appointments in this Section may be issued by an insurer in the name of the partnership, corporation, or other business entity if all persons in the partnership, corporation, or other business entity actively engaged in soliciting, negotiating, or effecting contracts of insurance or renewals thereof also hold an active producer license issued in accordance with the provisions of this Subpart and are registered pursuant to R.S. 22:1546(B).

            Acts 2001, No. 158, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2002; Redesignated from R.S. 22:1144 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; Acts 2011, No. 94, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2012; Acts 2019, No. 397, §1.

NOTE: Former R.S. 22:1558 redesignated as R.S. 22:2118 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009.

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