BILL NUMBER: SB 1543	ENROLLED
	BILL TEXT

	PASSED THE SENATE  AUGUST 29, 2008
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  AUGUST 27, 2008
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  AUGUST 21, 2008
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  AUGUST 19, 2008
	AMENDED IN SENATE  APRIL 14, 2008

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Machado

                        FEBRUARY 22, 2008

   An act to amend Section 10110.1 of, to add Sections 10113.3 and
10113.35 to, and to repeal and add Sections 10113.1 and 10113.2 of,
the Insurance Code, relating to insurance.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 1543, Machado. Insurance: life settlement investments and
contracts.
   Existing law establishes when an interest, with respect to life
and disability insurance, is insurable.
   This bill would provide that trusts and special purpose entities,
as specified, where one or more beneficiaries of these trusts or
special purpose entities do not have an insurable interest in the
life of the insured, violate the insurable interest laws and the
prohibition against wagering on life. The bill would also provide
that any device, scheme, or artifice designed to give the appearance
of an insurable interest, where there is no insurable interest,
violates the insurable interest laws.
   Existing law defines "viatical settlement," as specified, and
requires life and disability agents, among others, to file a
declaration with the Insurance Commissioner that their agent license
is valid and in good standing in order to engage in the business of
viatical settlements. The commissioner may suspend the agent's
ability to transact viatical settlements if this requirement is not
complied with. A person who enters into or solicits a viatical
settlement without a license, or a licensee who fails to comply with
certain requirements, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
   This bill would repeal these provisions, and would instead revise
and recast the law relating to viatical settlements to define those
and other specified financial arrangements as "life settlements," as
defined. The bill would prohibit a person from entering into,
brokering, or soliciting life settlements unless that person holds a
license, issued by the commissioner, to so act. The bill would
specify the requirements to obtain a life settlement license, and
specify, among other things, disclosure requirements that must be
complied with at the time of the solicitation of the life settlement
contract. The bill would also provide that the insurance carrier may
require a specified certification from the applicant. The bill would
contain various other regulatory provisions relating to life
settlement contracts, including provisions relating to the
confidentiality of the insured's medical and financial information,
and of the annual statements of life settlement licensees, as
specified. This bill would also provide that applicable license fees
shall be established by the commissioner. Because the bill would
change the definition of a crime, the bill would impose a
state-mandated local program.
   This bill would provide that the adoption or amendment of any
regulation required by specific provisions shall take effect when
filed with the Office of Administrative Law, as specified.
   This bill would provide that, with certain exceptions, it shall
not apply to any life settlement contract entered into on or before
July 1, 2009. This bill would provide that it would apply to any
transaction involving any life insurance policy in effect, or entered
into, on or after the operative date of the bill.
   This bill would make legislative findings and declarations
relating to the need for confidentiality of specified information.
   The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local
agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
reimbursement.
   This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this
act for a specified reason.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 10110.1 of the Insurance Code is amended to
read:
   10110.1.  (a) An insurable interest, with reference to life and
disability insurance, is an interest based upon a reasonable
expectation of pecuniary advantage through the continued life,
health, or bodily safety of another person and consequent loss by
reason of that person's death or disability or a substantial interest
engendered by love and affection in the case of individuals closely
related by blood or law.
   (b) An individual has an unlimited insurable interest in his or
her own life, health, and bodily safety and may lawfully take out a
policy of insurance on his or her own life, health, or bodily safety
and have the policy made payable to whomsoever he or she pleases,
regardless of whether the beneficiary designated has an insurable
interest.
   (c) Except as provided in Section 10110.4, an employer has an
insurable interest, as referred to in subdivision (a), in the life or
physical or mental ability of any of its directors, officers, or
employees or the directors, officers, or employees of any of its
subsidiaries or any other person whose death or physical or mental
disability might cause financial loss to the employer; or, pursuant
to any contractual arrangement with any shareholder concerning the
reacquisition of shares owned by the shareholder at the time of his
or her death or disability, on the life or physical or mental ability
of that shareholder for the purpose of carrying out the contractual
arrangement; or, pursuant to any contract obligating the employer as
part of compensation arrangements or pursuant to a contract
obligating the employer as guarantor or surety, on the life of the
principal obligor. The trustee of an employer or trustee of a
pension, welfare benefit plan, or trust established by an employer
providing life, health, disability, retirement, or similar benefits
to employees and retired employees of the employer or its affiliates
and acting in a fiduciary capacity with respect to those employees,
retired employees, or their dependents or beneficiaries has an
insurable interest in the lives of employees and retired employees
for whom those benefits are to be provided. The employer shall obtain
the written consent of the individual being insured.
   (d) Trusts and special purpose entities, that are used to apply
for and initiate the issuance of policies of insurance for investors,
where one or more beneficiaries of those trusts or special purpose
entities do not have an insurable interest in the life of the insured
violate the insurable interest laws and the prohibition against
wagering on life.
   (e) Any device, scheme, or artifice designed to give the
appearance of an insurable interest where there is no legitimate
insurable interest violates the insurable interest laws.
   (f) An insurable interest shall be required to exist at the time
the contract of life or disability insurance becomes effective, but
need not exist at the time the loss occurs.
   (g) Any contract of life or disability insurance procured or
caused to be procured upon another individual is void unless the
person applying for the insurance has an insurable interest in the
individual insured at the time of the application.
   (h) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a), (f), and (g), a charitable
organization that meets the requirements of Section 214 or 23701d of
the Revenue and Taxation Code may effectuate life or disability
insurance on an insured who consents to the issuance of that
insurance.
   (i) This section shall not be interpreted to define all instances
in which an insurable interest exists.
  SEC. 2.  Section 10113.1 of the Insurance Code is repealed.
  SEC. 3.  Section 10113.1 is added to the Insurance Code, to read:
   10113.1.  The following provisions shall apply to this act:
   (a) "Advertisement" means any written, electronic, or printed
communication or any communication by means of recorded telephone
messages or transmitted on radio, television, the Internet, or
similar communications media, including film strips, motion pictures,
and videos, published, disseminated, circulated, or placed before
the public, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of creating an
interest in or inducing a person to purchase or sell, assign, devise,
bequest, or transfer the death benefit or ownership of a life
insurance policy or an interest in a life insurance policy pursuant
to a life settlement contract.
   (b) "Broker" means a person who, on behalf of an owner, and for a
fee, commission, or other valuable consideration, offers or attempts
to negotiate life settlement contracts between an owner and
providers. A broker represents only the owner and owes a fiduciary
duty to the owner to act according to the owner's instructions, and
in the best interest of the owner, notwithstanding the manner in
which the broker is compensated. A broker does not include an
attorney, certified public accountant, or financial planner retained
in the type of practice customarily performed in his or her
professional capacity to represent the owner whose compensation is
not paid directly or indirectly by the provider or any other person,
except the owner.
   (c) "Business of life settlements" means an activity involved in,
but not limited to, offering to enter into, soliciting, negotiating,
procuring, effectuating, monitoring, or tracking of life settlement
contracts.
   (d) "Commissioner" means the Insurance Commissioner.
   (e) "Financing entity" means an underwriter, placement agent,
lender, purchaser of securities, purchaser of a policy or certificate
from a provider, credit enhancer, or any entity that has a direct
ownership in a policy or certificate that is the subject of a life
settlement contract, as to which both of the following apply:
   (1) It is an entity whose principal activity related to the
transaction is providing funds to effect the life settlement contract
or purchase of one or more policies.
   (2) It is an entity that has an agreement in writing with one or
more providers to finance the acquisition of life settlement
contracts.
   (f) "Financing transaction" means a transaction in which a
licensed provider obtains financing from a financing entity,
including, without limitation, any secured or unsecured financing,
any securitization transaction, or any securities offering which
either is registered or exempt from registration under federal and
state securities law.
   (g) "Fraudulent life settlement act" includes all of the
following:
   (1) Acts or omissions committed by any person that, for the
purpose of depriving another of property or for pecuniary gain,
commits or permits its employees or its agents to engage in acts,
including, but not limited to, the following:
   (A) Presenting, causing to be presented, or preparing with
knowledge and belief that it will be presented to or by a provider,
premium finance lender, broker, insurer, insurance producer, or any
other person, false material information, or concealing material
information, as part of, in support of, or concerning a fact material
to one or more of the following:
   (i) An application for the issuance of a life settlement contract
or insurance policy.
   (ii) The underwriting of a life settlement contract or insurance
policy.
   (iii) A claim for payment or benefit pursuant to a life settlement
contract or insurance policy.
   (iv) Premiums paid on an insurance policy.
   (v) Payments and changes in ownership or beneficiary made in
accordance with the terms of a life settlement contract or insurance
policy.
   (vi) The reinstatement or conversion of an insurance policy.
   (vii) The solicitation, offer to enter into, or effectuation of, a
life settlement contract or insurance policy.
   (viii) The issuance of written evidence of life settlement
contracts or insurance.
   (ix) Any application for, or the existence of or any payments
related to, a loan secured directly or indirectly by any interest in
a life insurance policy.
   (B) Entering into Stranger-Originated Life Insurance (STOLI).
   (C) Employing any device, scheme, or artifice to defraud in the
business of life settlements.
   (2) Any of the following that any person does, or permits his or
her employees or agents to do, in the furtherance of a fraud, or to
prevent the detection of a fraud:
   (A) Remove, conceal, alter, destroy, or sequester from the
commissioner the assets or records of a licensee or other person
engaged in the business of life settlements.
   (B) Misrepresent or conceal the financial condition of a licensee,
financing entity, insurer, or other person.
   (C) Transact the business of life settlements in violation of laws
requiring a license, certificate of authority, or other legal
authority for the transaction of the business of life settlements.
   (D) File with the commissioner or the chief insurance regulatory
official of another jurisdiction a document containing false
information or otherwise concealing information about a material fact
from the commissioner.
   (E) Engage in embezzlement, theft, misappropriation, or conversion
of moneys, funds, premiums, credits, or other property of a
provider, insurer, insured, owner, insurance policyowner, or any
other person engaged in the business of life settlements or
insurance.
   (F) Enter into, broker, or otherwise deal in a life settlement
contract, the subject of which is a life insurance policy that was
obtained by presenting false information concerning any fact material
to the policy or by concealing, for the purpose of misleading
another, information requested concerning any fact material to the
policy, where the owner or the owner's agent intended to defraud the
policy's issuer.
   (G) Attempt to commit, assist, aid, or abet in the commission of,
or conspiracy to commit the acts or omissions specified in this
subdivision.
   (H) Misrepresent the state of residence of an owner to be a state
or jurisdiction that does not have a law substantially similar to
this act for the purpose of evading or avoiding the provisions of
this act.
   (h) "Insured" means the person covered under the policy being
considered for sale in a life settlement contract.
   (i) "Life expectancy" means the arithmetic mean of the number of
months the insured under the life insurance policy to be settled can
be expected to live as determined by a life expectancy company
considering medical records and appropriate experiential data.
   (j) "Life insurance producer" means any person licensed in this
state as a resident or nonresident insurance agent who has received
qualification or authority for life insurance coverage or a life line
of coverage pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 1621) of
Part 2 of Division 1.
   (k) "Life settlement contract" means a written agreement
solicited, negotiated, or entered into in this state between a
provider and an owner, establishing the terms under which
compensation or any thing of value will be paid, which compensation
or thing of value is less than the expected death benefit of the
insurance policy or certificate, in return for the owner's
assignment, transfer, sale, devise, or bequest of the death benefit
or any portion of an insurance policy or certificate of insurance for
compensation, provided, however, that the minimum value for a life
settlement contract shall be greater than a cash surrender value or
accelerated death benefit available at the time of an application for
a life settlement contract. "Life settlement contract" also includes
the transfer for compensation or value of ownership or beneficial
interest in a trust or other entity that owns such policy if the
trust or other entity was formed or availed of for the principal
purpose of acquiring one or more life insurance contracts, which life
insurance contract insures the life of a person residing in this
state.
   (1) A "life settlement contract" includes a premium finance loan
made for a policy on or before the date of issuance of the policy
where one or more of the following conditions apply:
   (A) The loan proceeds are not used solely to pay premiums for the
policy and any costs or expenses incurred by the lender or the
borrower in connection with the financing.
   (B) The owner receives on the date of the premium finance loan a
guarantee of the future life settlement value of the policy.
   (C) The owner agrees on the date of the premium finance loan to
sell the policy or any portion of the policy's death benefit on any
date following the issuance of the policy, not including an agreement
to sell the policy in the event of a default, provided that the
default is not pursuant to an agreement or understanding with any
other person for the purpose of evading regulation under this act.
   (2) "Life settlement contract" does not include any of the
following:
   (A) A policy loan by a life insurance company pursuant to the
terms of the life insurance policy or accelerated death provisions
contained in the life insurance policy, whether issued with the
original policy or as a rider.
   (B) A premium finance loan, as defined herein, or any loan made by
a bank or other licensed financial institution, provided that
neither default on such loan nor the transfer of the policy in
connection with such default is pursuant to an agreement or
understanding with any other person for the purpose of evading
regulation under this act.
   (C) A collateral assignment of a life insurance policy by an
owner.
   (D) A loan made by a lender that does not violate Article 5.8
(commencing with Section 778) of Chapter 1 of Part 2, provided such
loan is not described in paragraph (1), and is not otherwise within
the definition of life settlement contract.
   (E) An agreement where all of the parties satisfy one of the
following conditions:
   (i) They are closely related to the insured by blood or law.
   (ii) They have a lawful substantial economic interest in the
continued life, health, and bodily safety of the person insured.
   (iii) They are trusts established primarily for the benefit of
those parties.
   (F) Any designation, consent, or agreement by an insured who is an
employee of an employer in connection with the purchase by the
employer, or by a trust established by the employer of life insurance
on the life of the employee.
   (G) A bona fide business succession planning arrangement:
   (i) Between one or more shareholders in a corporation or between a
corporation and one or more of its shareholders or one or more trust
established by its shareholders.
   (ii) Between one or more partners in a partnership or between a
partnership and one or more of its partners or one or more trust
established by its partners.
   (iii) Between one or more members in a limited liability company
or between a limited liability company and one or more of its members
or one or more trusts established by its members.
   (H) An agreement entered into by a service recipient, or a trust
established by the service recipient, and a service provider, or a
trust established by the service provider, who performs significant
services for the service recipient's trade or business.
   (I) Any other contract, transaction, or arrangement from the
definition of "life settlement contract" that the commissioner
determines is not of the type intended to be regulated by this act.
   (l) "Net death benefit" means the amount of the life insurance
policy or certificate to be settled less any outstanding debts or
liens.
   (m) "Owner" means the owner of a life insurance policy or a
certificate holder under a group policy, with or without a terminal
illness, who enters or seeks to enter into a life settlement
contract. For the purposes of this article, an owner shall not be
limited to an owner of a life insurance policy or a certificate
holder under a group policy that insures the life of an individual
with a terminal illness or condition except where specifically
addressed. The term "owner" does not include any of the following:
   (1) Any provider or other licensee under this act.
   (2) A qualified institutional buyer as defined in Rule 144A of the
federal Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
   (3) A financing entity.
   (4) A special purpose entity.
   (5) A related provider trust.
   (n) "Patient identifying information" means an insured's address,
telephone number, facsimile number, electronic mail address,
photograph or likeness, employer, employment status, social security
number, or any other information that is likely to lead to the
identification of the insured.
   (o) "Person" means any natural person or legal entity, including,
but not limited to, a partnership, limited liability company,
association, trust, or corporation.
   (p) "Policy" means an individual or group policy, group
certificate, contract, or arrangement of life insurance owned by a
resident of this state, regardless of whether delivered or issued for
delivery in this state.
   (q) "Premium finance loan" is a loan made primarily for the
purpose of making premium payments on a life insurance policy, which
loan is secured by an interest in such life insurance policy.
   (r) "Provider" means a person, other than an owner, who enters
into or effectuates a life settlement contract with an owner. A
provider does not include any of the following:
   (1) Any bank, savings bank, savings and loan association, or
credit union.
   (2) A licensed lending institution or creditor or secured party
pursuant to a premium finance loan agreement which takes an
assignment of a life insurance policy or certificate issued pursuant
to a group life insurance policy as collateral for a loan.
   (3) The insurer of a life insurance policy or rider to the extent
of providing accelerated death benefits or riders or cash surrender
value.
   (4) A purchaser.
   (5) Any authorized or eligible insurer that provides stop loss
coverage to a provider, purchaser, financing entity, special purpose
entity, or related provider trust.
   (6) A financing entity.
   (7) A related provider trust.
   (8) A broker.
   (9) An accredited investor or qualified institutional buyer as
defined respectively in Regulation D, Rule 501 or Rule 144A of the
federal Securities Act of 1933, as amended, who purchases a life
settlement policy from a provider.
   (s) "Purchaser" means a person who pays compensation or anything
of value as consideration for a beneficial interest in a trust which
is vested with, or for the assignment, transfer, or sale of, an
ownership or other interest in a life insurance policy or a
certificate issued pursuant to a group life insurance policy which
has been the subject of a life settlement contract.
   (t) "Related provider trust" means a titling trust or other trust
established by a licensed provider or a financing entity for the sole
purpose of holding the ownership or beneficial interest in purchased
policies in connection with a financing transaction. In order to
qualify as a related provider trust, the trust must have a written
agreement with the licensed provider under which the licensed
provider is responsible for ensuring compliance with all statutory
and regulatory requirements and under which the trust agrees to make
all records and files relating to life settlement transactions
available to the Department of Insurance as if those records and
files were maintained directly by the licensed provider.
   (u) "Settled policy" means a life insurance policy or certificate
that has been acquired by a provider pursuant to a life settlement
contract.
   (v) "Special purpose entity" means a corporation, partnership,
trust, limited liability company, or other legal entity whose
securities pay a fixed rate of return commensurate with established
asset-backed capital markets, or has been formed solely to provide
either directly or indirectly access to institutional capital
markets:
   (1) For a financing entity or provider.
   (2) In connection with a transaction in which the securities in
the special purpose entity are acquired by the owner or by a
"qualified institutional buyer" as defined in Rule 144 promulgated
under the federal Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
   (w) "Stranger-originated life insurance" or "STOLI" is an act,
practice, or arrangement to initiate the issuance of a life insurance
policy in this state for the benefit of a third-party investor who,
at the time of policy origination, has no insurable interest, under
the laws of this state, in the life of the insured. STOLI practices
include, but are not limited to, cases in which life insurance is
purchased with resources or guarantees from or through a person or
entity, that, at the time of policy inception, could not lawfully
initiate the policy himself, herself, or itself, and where, at the
time of inception, there is an arrangement or agreement, to directly
or indirectly transfer the ownership of the policy or the policy
benefits to a third party. Trusts that are created to give the
appearance of insurable interest and that are used to initiate
policies for investors violate insurable interest laws and the
prohibition against wagering on life. STOLI arrangements do not
include otherwise lawful life settlement contracts as permitted by
the act that added this section or those practices set forth in
paragraph (2) of subdivision (k).
   (x) "Terminally ill" means having an illness or sickness that can
reasonably be expected to result in death in 24 months or less.
  SEC. 4.  Section 10113.2 of the Insurance Code is repealed.
  SEC. 5.  Section 10113.2 is added to the Insurance Code, to read:
   10113.2.  (a) This section applies to any person entering into,
brokering, or soliciting life settlements pursuant to this section
and Sections 10113.1 and 10113.3.
   (b) (1) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), no person may
enter into, broker, or solicit life settlements pursuant to Section
10113.1 unless that person has been licensed by the commissioner
under this section. The person shall file an application for a
license in the form prescribed by the commissioner, and the
application shall be accompanied by a fee established by the
commissioner. The license fees for a provider license shall be
reasonable, and the license and renewal fees for a broker shall not
exceed the license and renewal fees established for an insurance
producer who is acting as a life settlement broker. The applicant
shall provide any information the commissioner may require. The
commissioner may issue a license, or deny the application if, in his
or her discretion, it is determined that it is contrary to the
interests of the public to issue a license to the applicant. The
reasons for a denial shall be set forth in writing.
   (A) An individual acting as a broker under this section shall
complete at least 15 hours of continuing education related to life
settlements and life settlement transactions, as required and
approved by the commissioner, prior to operating as a broker. This
requirement shall not apply to a life insurance producer who
qualifies under subparagraph (D).
   (B) A person licensed as an attorney, certified public accountant,
or financial planner accredited by a nationally recognized
accreditation agency, who is retained to represent the owner, and
whose compensation is not paid directly or indirectly by the provider
or purchaser, may negotiate a life settlement contract on behalf of
the owner without having to obtain a license as a broker.
   (C) A person licensed to act as a viatical settlement broker or
provider as of December 31, 2008, shall be deemed qualified for
licensure as a life settlement broker or provider, and shall be
subject to all the provisions of this article as if such person were
originally licensed as a life settlement broker or provider.
   (D) (i) A life insurance producer who has been duly licensed as a
life agent for at least one year or as a licensed nonresident
producer in this state for one year shall be deemed to meet the
licensing requirements of this section and shall be permitted to
operate as a broker.
   (ii) Not later than 10 days from the first day of operating as a
broker, the life insurance producer shall notify the commissioner
that he or she is acting as a broker, on a form prescribed by the
commissioner, and shall pay any applicable fee to be determined by
the commissioner. Notification shall include an acknowledgment by the
life insurance producer that he or she will operate as a broker in
accordance with this act.
   (iii) The insurer that issued the policy that is the subject of a
life settlement contract shall not be responsible for any act or
omission of a broker or provider arising out of, or in connection
with, the life settlement transaction, unless the insurer receives
compensation for the replacement of the life settlement contract for
the provider or broker.
   (E) The commissioner shall review the examination for the
licensing of life insurance agents and may recommend any changes to
the examination to the department's curriculum committee in order to
carry out the purposes of this section and Sections 10113.1 and
10113.3.
   (2) Whenever it appears to the commissioner that it is contrary to
the interests of the public for a person licensed pursuant to this
section to continue to transact life settlements business, he or she
shall issue a notice to the licensee stating the reasons therefor.
If, after a hearing, the commissioner concludes that it is contrary
to the interests of the public for the licensee to continue to
transact life settlements business, he or she may revoke the person's
license, or issue an order suspending the license for a period as
determined by the commissioner. Any hearing conducted pursuant to
this paragraph shall be in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with
Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government
Code, except that the hearing may be conducted by administrative law
judges chosen pursuant to Section 11502 or appointed by the
commissioner, and the commissioner shall have the powers granted
therein.
   (3) Each licensee shall owe and pay in advance to the commissioner
an annual renewal fee of one hundred seventy-seven dollars ($177).
This fee shall be for annual periods commencing on July 1 of each
year and ending on June 30 of each year, and shall be due on each
March 1 and shall be delinquent on and after each April 1.
   (4) Any licensee that intends to discontinue transacting life
settlements in this state shall so notify the commissioner, and shall
surrender its license.
   (c) A life settlements licensee shall file with the department a
copy of all life settlement forms used in this state. No licensee may
use any life settlement form in this state unless it has been
provided in advance to the commissioner. The commissioner may
disapprove a life
settlement form if, in his or her discretion, the form, or provisions
contained therein, are contrary to the interests of the public, or
otherwise misleading or unfair to the consumer. In the case of
disapproval, the licensee may, within 15 days of notice of the
disapproval, request a hearing before the commissioner or his or her
designee, and the hearing shall be held within 30 days of the
request.
   (d) Life settlements licensees shall be required to provide any
applicant for a life settlement contract, at the time of application
for the life settlement contract, all of the following disclosures in
writing and signed by the owner, in at least 12-point type:
   (1) That there are possible alternatives to life settlements,
including, but not limited to, accelerated benefits options that may
be offered by the life insurer.
   (2) The fact that some or all of the proceeds of a life settlement
may be taxable and that assistance should be sought from a
professional tax adviser.
   (3) Consequences for interruption of public assistance as provided
by information provided by the State Department of Health Services
and the State Department of Social Services under Section 11022 of
the Welfare and Institutions Code.
   (4) That the proceeds from a life settlement could be subject to
the claims of creditors.
   (5) That entering into a life settlement contract may cause other
rights or benefits, including conversion rights and waiver of premium
benefits that may exist under the policy or certificate of a group
policy to be forfeited by the owner and that assistance should be
sought from a professional financial adviser.
   (6) That a change in ownership of the settled policy could limit
the insured's ability to purchase insurance in the future on the
insured's life because there is a limit to how much coverage insurers
will issue on one life.
   (7) That the owner has a right to rescind a life settlement
contract within 30 days of the date it is executed by all parties and
the owner has received all required disclosures, or 15 days from
receipt by the owner of the proceeds of the settlement, whichever is
sooner. Rescission, if exercised by the owner, is effective only if
both notice of rescission is given and the owner repays all proceeds
and any premiums, loans, and loan interest paid on account of the
provider within the rescission period. If the insured dies during the
rescission period, the contract shall be deemed to have been
rescinded subject to repayment by the owner or the owner's estate of
all proceeds and any premiums, loans, and loan interest to the
provider.
   (8) That proceeds will be sent to the owner within three business
days after the provider has received the insurer or group
administrator's acknowledgment that ownership of the policy or the
interest in the certificate has been transferred and the beneficiary
has been designated in accordance with the terms of the life
settlement contract.
   (9) The date by which the funds will be available to the owner and
the transmitter of the funds.
   (10) The disclosure document shall include the following language:

"All medical, financial, or personal information solicited or
obtained by a provider or broker about an insured, including the
insured's identity or the identity of family members, a spouse, or a
significant other may be disclosed as necessary to effect the life
settlement contract between the owner and provider. If you are asked
to provide this information, you will be asked to consent to the
disclosure. The information may be provided to someone who buys the
policy or provides funds for the purchase. You may be asked to renew
your permission to share information every two years."

   (11) That the insured may be contacted by either the provider or
the broker or its authorized representative for the purpose of
determining the insured's health status or to verify the insured's
address. This contact is limited to once every three months if the
insured has a life expectancy of more than one year, and no more than
once per month if the insured has a life expectancy of one year or
less.
   (12) Any affiliations or contractual relations between the
provider and the broker, and the affiliation, if any, between the
provider and the issuer of the policy to be settled.
   (13) That a broker represents exclusively the owner, and not the
insurer or the provider or any other person, and owes a fiduciary
duty to the owner, including a duty to act according to the owner's
instructions and in the best interest of the owner.
   (14) The name, business address, and telephone number of the
broker.
   (e) The broker shall provide the owner and the insured with at
least all of the following disclosures in writing prior to the
signing of the life settlement contract by all parties. The
disclosures shall be clearly displayed in the life settlement
contract or in a separate document signed by the owner:
   (1) The name, business address, and telephone number of the
broker.
   (2) A full, complete, and accurate description of all of the
offers, counteroffers, acceptances, and rejections relating to the
proposed life settlement contract.
   (3) A disclosure of any affiliations or contractual arrangements
between the broker and any person making an offer in connection with
the proposed life settlement contract.
   (4) A complete reconciliation of the gross offer or bid by the
provider to the net amount of proceeds or value to be received by the
owner. For the purpose of this section, gross offer or bid shall
mean the total amount or value offered by the provider for the
purchase of one or more life insurance policies, inclusive of
commissions and fees.
   (5) All estimates of the life expectancy of the insured which are
obtained by the licensee in connection with the life settlement,
unless such disclosure would violate any California or federal
privacy laws.
   (6) The commissioner may consider any failure to provide the
disclosures or rights described in this section as a basis for
suspending or revoking a broker's or provider's license pursuant to
paragraph (2) of subdivision (b).
   (f) All medical information solicited or obtained by any person
soliciting or entering into a life settlement is subject to Article
6.6 (commencing with Section 791) of Chapter 1 of Part 2 of Division
1, concerning confidentiality of medical information.
   (g) Except as otherwise allowed or required by law, a provider,
broker, insurance company, insurance producer, information bureau,
rating agency, or company, or any other person with actual knowledge
of an insured's identity, shall not disclose the identity of an
insured or information that there is a reasonable basis to believe
that could be used to identify the insured or the insured's financial
or medical information to any other person unless the disclosure is
one of the following:
   (1) It is necessary to effect a life settlement contract between
the owner and a provider and the owner and insured have provided
prior written consent to the disclosure.
   (2) It is necessary to effectuate the sale of life settlement
contracts, or interests therein, as investments, provided the sale is
conducted in accordance with applicable state and federal securities
law and provided further that the owner and the insured have both
provided prior written consent to the disclosure.
   (3) It is provided in response to an investigation or examination
by the commissioner or any other governmental officer or agency or
any other provision of law.
   (4) It is a term or condition to the transfer of a policy by one
provider to another provider, in which case the receiving provider
shall be required to comply with the confidentiality requirements of
Article 6.6 (commencing with Section 791) of Part 2 of Division 1.
   (5) It is necessary to allow the provider or broker or their
authorized representatives to make contacts for the purpose of
determining health status. For the purposes of this section, the term
"authorized representative" shall not include any person who has or
may have any financial interest in the settlement contract other than
a provider, licensed broker; further, a provider or broker shall
require its authorized representative to agree in writing to adhere
to the privacy provisions of this act.
   (6) It is required to purchase stop loss coverage.
   (h) In addition to other questions an insurance carrier may
lawfully pose to a life insurance applicant, insurance carriers may
inquire in the application for insurance whether the proposed owner
intends to pay premiums with the assistance of financing from a
lender that will use the policy as collateral to support the
financing.
   (1) If the premium finance loan provides funds which can be used
for a purpose other than paying for the premiums, costs, and expenses
associated with obtaining and maintaining the life insurance policy
and loan, the application may be rejected as a prohibited practice
under this act.
   (2) If the financing does not violate paragraph (1) or violate the
insurer's lawful underwriting guidelines, the insurer may not reject
life insurance application solely because the premiums will be
financed. The insurance carrier may make disclosures to the
applicant, either on the application or an amendment to the
application to be completed no later than the delivery of the policy,
including, but not limited to, the following:

"If you have entered into a loan arrangement where the policy is
used as collateral, and the policy changes ownership at some point in
the future in satisfaction of the loan, the following may be true:
"(A) A change of ownership could lead to a stranger owning an
interest in the insured's life.
"(B) A change of ownership could in the future limit your ability to
purchase insurance on the insured's life because there is a limit to
how much coverage insurers will issue on a life.
"(C) You should consult a professional adviser since a change in
ownership in satisfaction of the loan may result in tax consequences
to the owner, depending on the structure of the loan."

   (3) In addition to the disclosures in paragraph (2), the insurance
carrier may require the following certifications from the applicant
or the insured:

"(A) I have not entered into any agreement or arrangement under which
I have agreed to make a future sale of this life insurance policy."
"(B) My loan arrangement for this policy provides funds sufficient to
pay for some or all of the premiums, costs, and expenses associated
with obtaining and maintaining my life insurance policy, but I have
not entered into any agreement by which I am to receive consideration
in exchange for procuring this policy."
"(C) The borrower has an insurable interest in the insured."

   (i) Life insurers shall provide individual life insurance
policyholders with a statement informing them that if they are
considering making changes in the status of their policy, they should
consult with a licensed insurance or financial advisor. Such
statement may accompany or be included in notices or mailings
otherwise provided to such policyholders.
   (j) The commissioner may adopt rules and regulations reasonably
necessary to govern life settlements and transactions.
   (k) The commissioner may, whenever he or she deems it reasonably
necessary to protect the interests of the public, examine the
business and affairs of any licensee or applicant for a license. The
commissioner shall have the authority to order any licensee or
applicant to produce any records, books, files, or other information
as is reasonably necessary to ascertain whether or not the licensee
or applicant is acting or has acted in violation of the law or
otherwise contrary to the interests of the public. The expenses
incurred in conducting any examination shall be paid by the licensee
or applicant.
   (l) The commissioner may investigate the conduct of any licensee,
its officers, employees, agents, or any other person involved in the
business of the licensee, or any applicant for a license, whenever
the commissioner has reason to believe that the licensee or applicant
for a license may have acted, or may be acting, in violation of the
law, or otherwise contrary to the interests of the public. The
commissioner may initiate an investigation on his or her own, or upon
a complaint filed by any other person.
   (m) The commissioner may issue orders to licensees whenever he or
she determines that it is reasonably necessary to ensure or obtain
compliance with this section, or Section 10113.3. This authority
includes, but is not limited to, orders directing a licensee to cease
and desist in any practice that is in violation of this section, or
Section 10113.3, or otherwise contrary to the interests of the
public. Any licensee to which an order pursuant to this subdivision
is issued may, within 15 days of receipt of that order, request a
hearing at which the licensee may challenge the order.
   (n) The commissioner may, after notice and a hearing at which it
is determined that a licensee has violated this section or Section
10113.3 or any order issued pursuant to this section, order the
licensee to pay a monetary penalty of up to ten thousand dollars
($10,000), which may be recovered in a civil action. Any hearing
conducted pursuant to this subdivision shall be in accordance with
Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of
Title 2 of the Government Code, except that the hearing may be
conducted by administrative law judges chosen pursuant to Section
11502 or appointed by the commissioner, and the commissioner shall
have the powers granted therein.
   (o) Each licensed provider shall file with the commissioner on or
before March 1 of each year an annual statement in the form
prescribed by the commissioner. The information that the commissioner
may require in the annual statement shall include, but not be
limited to, the total number, aggregate face amount, and life
settlement proceeds of policies settled during the immediately
preceding calendar year, together with a breakdown of the information
by policy issue year. The annual statement shall also include the
names of the insurance companies whose policies have been settled and
the brokers that have settled those policies, and that information
shall be received in confidence within the meaning of subdivision (d)
of Section 6254 of the Government Code and exempt from disclosure
pursuant to the Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with
Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code). The
annual statement shall not include individual transaction data
regarding the business of life settlements or information that there
is a reasonable basis to believe could be used to identify the owner
or the insured.
   (p) No person who is not a resident of California may receive or
maintain a license unless a written designation of an agent for
service of process is filed and maintained with the commissioner. The
provisions of Article 3 (commencing with Section 1600) of Chapter 4
of Part 2 shall apply to life settlements licensees as if they were
foreign insurers, their license a certificate of authority, and the
life settlements a policy, and the commissioner may modify the
agreement set forth in Section 1604 accordingly.
   (q) No person licensed pursuant to this section shall engage in
any false or misleading advertising, solicitation, or practice. In no
case shall a broker or provider, directly or indirectly, market,
advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote the purchase of a new policy
for the sole purpose of or with a primary emphasis on settling the
policy or use the words "free," "no cost," or words of similar import
in the marketing, advertising, soliciting, or otherwise promoting of
the purchase of a policy. The provisions of Article 6 (commencing
with Section 780) and Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 790) of
Chapter 1 of Part 2 shall apply to life settlements licensees as if
they were insurers, their license a certificate of authority or
producer's license, and the life settlements a policy, and the
commissioner shall liberally construe these provisions so as to
protect the interests of the public.
   (r) Any person who enters into a life settlement with a life
settlements licensee shall have the absolute right to rescind the
settlement within 30 days of the date it is executed by all parties
and the owner has received all required disclosures, or 15 days from
receipt by the owner of the proceeds of the settlement, whichever is
sooner, and any waiver or settlement language contrary to this
subdivision shall be void. Rescission, if exercised by the owner, is
effective only if both notice of rescission is given and the owner
repays all proceeds and any premiums, loans, and loan interest paid
on account of the provider within the rescission period. If the
insured dies during the rescission period, the contract shall be
deemed to have been rescinded subject to repayment by the owner or
the owner's estate of all proceeds and any premiums, loans, and loan
interest to the provider.
   (s) Records of all consummated transactions and life settlement
contracts shall be maintained by the provider for three years after
the death of the insured and shall be available to the commissioner
for inspection during reasonable business hours.
   (t) A violation of this section is a misdemeanor.
  SEC. 6.  Section 10113.3 is added to the Insurance Code, to read:
   10113.3.  (a) A provider entering into a life settlement contract
with any owner of a policy, wherein the insured is terminally ill,
shall first obtain the following:
   (1) If the owner is the insured, a written statement from a
licensed attending physician that the owner is of sound mind and
under no constraint or undue influence to enter into a settlement
contract.
   (2) A document in which the insured consents to the release of his
or her medical records to a provider, settlement broker, or
insurance producer and, if the policy was issued less than two years
from the date of application for a settlement contract, to the
insurance company that issued the policy.
   (b) The insurer shall respond to a request for verification of
coverage submitted by a provider, settlement broker, or life
insurance producer not later than 30 calendar days of the date the
request is received. The request for verification of coverage must be
made on a form approved by the commissioner. The insurer shall
complete and issue the verification of coverage or indicate in which
respects it is unable to respond. In its response, the insurer shall
indicate whether, based on the medical evidence and documents
provided, the insurer intends to pursue an investigation at this time
regarding the validity of the insurance contract.
   (c) Before or at the time of execution of the settlement contract,
the provider shall obtain a witnessed document in which the owner
consents to the settlement contract, represents that the owner has a
full and complete understanding of the settlement contract and a full
and complete understanding of the benefits of the policy,
acknowledges that the owner is entering into the settlement contract
freely and voluntarily, and, for persons with a terminal illness or
condition, acknowledges that the insured has a terminal illness and
that the terminal illness or condition was diagnosed after the policy
was issued.
   (d) The insurer shall not unreasonably delay effecting change of
ownership or beneficiary with any life settlement contract lawfully
entered into in this state or with a resident of this state.
   (e) If a settlement broker or life insurance producer performs any
of these activities required of the provider, the provider is deemed
to have fulfilled the requirements of this section.
   (f) If a broker performs those verification of coverage activities
required of the provider, the provider is deemed to have fulfilled
the requirements of this section.
   (g) Within 20 days after an owner executes the life settlement
contract, the provider shall give written notice to the insurer that
issued that insurance policy that the policy has become subject to a
life settlement contract. The notice shall be accompanied by the
documents required by subdivision (g) of Section 10113.2.
   (h) All medical information solicited or obtained by any licensee
shall be subject to the applicable provision of state law relating to
confidentiality of medical information, if not otherwise provided in
this act.
   (i) All life settlement contracts entered into in this state shall
provide that the owner may rescind the contract on or before 30 days
after the date it is executed by all parties thereto, and the owner
has received all required disclosures, or 15 days from receipt by the
owner of the full payment of the proceeds as specified below,
whichever is sooner. Rescission, if exercised by the owner, is
effective only if both notice of the rescission is given, and the
owner repays all proceeds and any premiums, loans, and loan interest
paid on account of the provider within the rescission period. If the
insured dies during the rescission period, the contract shall be
deemed to have been rescinded subject to repayment by the owner or
the owner's estate of all proceeds and any premiums, loans, and loan
interest to the provider.
   (j) Within three business days after receipt from the owner of
documents to effect the transfer of the insurance policy, the
provider shall pay the proceeds of the settlement to an escrow or
trust account managed by a trustee or escrow agent in a state or
federally chartered financial institution pending acknowledgment of
the transfer by the issuer of the policy. The trustee or escrow agent
shall be required to transfer the proceeds due to the owner within
three business days of acknowledgment of the transfer from the
insurer.
   (k) Failure to tender the life settlement contract proceeds to the
owner by the date disclosed to the owner renders the contract
voidable by the owner for lack of consideration until the time the
proceeds are tendered to and accepted by the owner. A failure to give
written notice of the right of rescission hereunder shall toll the
right of rescission until 30 days after the written notice of the
right of rescission has been given.
   (l) Any fee paid by a provider, party, individual, or an owner to
a broker in exchange for services provided to the owner pertaining to
a life settlement contract shall be computed as a percentage of the
offer obtained, not the face value of the policy. Nothing in this
section shall be construed as prohibiting a broker from reducing such
broker's fee below this percentage if the broker so chooses.
   (m) The broker shall disclose to the owner anything of value paid
or given to a broker, which relates to a life settlement contract.
   (n) No person at any time prior to, or at the time of, the
application for, or issuance of, a policy, or during a two-year
period commencing with the date of issuance of the policy, shall
enter into a life settlement regardless of the date the compensation
is to be provided and regardless of the date the assignment,
transfer, sale, devise, bequest, or surrender of the policy is to
occur.
   (1) This prohibition shall not apply if the owner certifies to the
provider that the policy was issued upon the owner's exercise of
conversion rights arising out of a group or individual policy,
provided the total of the time covered under the conversion policy
plus the time covered under the prior policy is at least 24 months.
The time covered under a group policy must be calculated without
regard to a change in insurance carriers, provided the coverage has
been continuous and under the same group sponsorship.
   (2) This prohibition shall not apply if the owner submits
independent evidence to the provider that one or more of the
following conditions have been met within the two-year period:
   (A) The owner or insured is terminally ill.
   (B) The owner or insured disposes of his or her ownership
interests in a closely held corporation, pursuant to the terms of a
buyout or other similar agreement in effect at the time the insurance
policy was initially issued.
   (C) The owner's spouse dies.
   (D) The owner divorces his or her spouse.
   (E) The owner retires from full-time employment.
   (F) The owner becomes physically or mentally disabled and a
physician determines that the disability prevents the owner from
maintaining full-time employment.
   (G) A final order, judgment, or decree is entered by a court of
competent jurisdiction, on the application of a creditor of the
owner, adjudicating the owner bankrupt or insolvent, or approving a
petition seeking reorganization of the owner or appointing a
receiver, trustee, or liquidator to all or a substantial part of the
owner's assets.
   (3) (A) Copies of the independent evidence required by paragraph
(2) shall be submitted to the insurer when the provider submits a
request to the insurer for verification of coverage. The copies shall
be accompanied by a letter of attestation from the provider that the
copies are true and correct copies of the documents received by the
provider. Nothing in this section shall prohibit an insurer from
exercising its right to contest the validity of any policy.
   (B) If the provider submits to the insurer a copy of independent
evidence provided for in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) when the
provider submits a request to the insurer to effect the transfer of
the policy to the provider, the copy shall be deemed to establish
that the settlement contract satisfies the requirements of this
section.
   (4) This prohibition shall apply only to policies issued on or
after the effective date of this section.
   (o) An insurer shall not:
   (1) Engage in any transaction, act, or practice that restricts,
limits, or impairs the lawful transfer of ownership, change of
beneficiary, or assignment of a policy.
   (2) Make any false or misleading statement for the purpose of
dissuading an owner or insured from a lawful life settlement
contract.
   (p) No person providing premium financing shall receive any
proceeds, fees, or other consideration from the policy or owner of
the policy that are in addition to the amounts required to pay
principal, interest, and any reasonable costs or expenses incurred by
the lender or borrower in connection with the premium finance
agreement, except for the event of a default, unless either the
default on the loan or transfer of the policy occurs pursuant to an
agreement or understanding with any other person for the purpose of
evading regulation under this act.
   (q) If there is more than one owner on a single policy, and the
owners are residents of different states, the life settlement
contract shall be governed by the law of
                the state in which the owner having the largest
percentage ownership resides or, if the owners hold equal ownership,
the state of residence of one owner agreed upon in writing by all of
the owners. The law of the state of the insured shall govern in the
event that equal owners fail to agree in writing upon a state of
residence for jurisdictional purposes.
   (r) A provider from this state who enters into a life settlement
contract with an owner who is a resident of another state that has
enacted statutes or adopted regulations governing life settlement
contracts shall be governed in the effectuation of that life
settlement contract by the statutes and regulations of the owner's
state of residence. If the state in which the owner is a resident has
not enacted statutes or regulations governing life settlement
contracts, the provider shall give the owner notice that neither
state regulates the transaction upon which he or she is entering. For
transactions in those states, however, the provider is to maintain
all records required if the transactions were executed in the state
of residence. The forms used in those states need not be approved by
the department.
   (s) If there is a conflict in the laws that apply to an owner and
a purchaser in any individual transaction, the laws of the state that
apply to the owner shall take precedence and the provider shall
comply with those laws.
   (t) It is a fraudulent life settlement act and a violation of this
section for any person to do any of the following, or any of the
acts listed in subdivision (g) of Section 10113.1:
   (1) Enter into a life settlement contract if a person knows or
reasonably should have known that the life insurance policy was
obtained by means of a false, deceptive, or misleading application
for such policy.
   (2) Engage in any transaction, practice, or course of business if
a person knows or reasonably should have known that the intent was to
avoid the notice requirements of this section.
   (3) Engage in any fraudulent act or practice in connection with
any transaction relating to any settlement involving an owner who is
a resident of this state.
   (4) Fail to provide the disclosures or file the required reports
with the commissioner as required by this act.
   (5) Issue, solicit, or market, the purchase of a new life
insurance policy for the purpose of, or with a primary emphasis on,
settling the policy.
   (6) Enter into a premium finance agreement with any person or
agency, or any person affiliated with a person or agency that is
prohibited under subdivision (p).
   (7) With respect to any settlement contract or insurance policy
and a broker, knowingly solicit an offer from, effectuate a life
settlement contract with, or make a sale to any provider, financing
entity, or related provider trust that is controlling, controlled by,
or under common control with a broker, unless the relationship has
been fully disclosed to the owner.
   (8) With respect to any life settlement contract or insurance
policy and a provider, knowingly enter into a life settlement
contract with an owner, if, in connection with a life settlement
contract, anything of value will be paid to a broker that is
controlling, controlled by, or under common control with a provider
or the financing entity, or related provider trust that is involved
in a settlement contract, unless the relationship has been fully
disclosed to the owner.
   (9) With respect to a provider, enter into a life settlement
contract unless the life settlement promotional, advertising, and
marketing materials, as may be prescribed by regulation, have been
filed with the commissioner. In no event shall any marketing
materials expressly reference that the insurance is "free" for any
period of time. The inclusion of any reference in the marketing
materials that would cause an owner to reasonably believe that the
insurance is free for any period of time shall be considered a
violation of this act; or with respect to any life insurance
producer, insurance company, broker, or provider make any statement
or representation to the applicant or policyholder in connection with
the sale or financing of a life insurance policy to the effect that
the insurance is free or without cost to the policyholder for any
period of time unless provided in the policy.
   (u) Life settlement contracts and applications for life settlement
contracts, regardless of the form of transmission, shall contain the
following statement or a substantially similar statement:

"Any person who knowingly presents false information in an
application for insurance or for a life settlement contract may be
subject to criminal or civil liability."

   (1) The lack of a statement as required by this subdivision does
not constitute a defense in any prosecution for a fraudulent life
settlement act.
   (2) This act shall not:
   (A) Preempt the authority or relieve the duty of other law
enforcement or regulatory agencies to investigate, examine, and
prosecute suspected violations of law.
   (B) Preempt, supersede, or limit any provision of any state
securities law or any rule, order, or notice issued thereunder.
   (C) Prevent or prohibit a person from disclosing voluntarily
information concerning life settlement fraud to a law enforcement or
regulatory agency other than the insurance department.
   (D) Limit the powers granted elsewhere by the laws of this state
to the commissioner or an insurance fraud unit to investigate and
examine possible violations of law and to take appropriate action
against wrongdoers.
   (v) A provider lawfully transacting business in this state prior
to the effective date of this act may continue to do so, pending
approval or disapproval of that person's application for a license as
long as the application is filed with the commissioner not later
than 30 days after publication by the commissioner of an application
form and instructions for licensure of providers. If the publication
of the application form and instructions is prior to the effective
date of this chapter, then the filing of the application shall not be
later than 30 days after the effective date of this act. During the
time that an application is pending with the commissioner, the
applicant may use any form of life settlement contract that has been
filed with the commissioner pending approval thereof, provided that
such form is otherwise in compliance with the provisions of this act.
Any person transacting business in this state under this provision
shall be obligated to comply with all other requirements of this act.
A person who has lawfully acted as a broker and negotiated life
settlement contracts between any owner residing in this state and one
or more providers for at least one year immediately prior to the
effective date of this act may continue to do so pending approval or
disapproval of that person's application for a license, as long as
the application is filed with the commissioner not later than 30 days
after publication by the commissioner of an application form and
instructions for licensure of brokers. If the publication of the
application form and instructions is prior to the effective date of
this chapter, then the filing of the application shall not be later
than 30 days after the effective date of this act. Any person
transacting business in this state under this provision shall be
obligated to comply with all other requirements of this act.
  SEC. 7.  Section 10113.35 is added to the Insurance Code, to read:
   10113.35.  (a) For the purposes of Chapter 3.5 (commencing with
Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government
Code, including Section 11349.6 of the Government Code, the adoption
or amendment of the regulations required to be adopted pursuant to
this article is an emergency and shall be considered by the Office of
Administrative Law as necessary for the immediate preservation of
the public peace, health and safety and general welfare.
   (b) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of
Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, any
emergency regulations adopted or amended by the state board pursuant
to this article shall be filed with, but not be repealed by, the
Office of Administrative Law and shall remain in effect until
repealed by the department.
  SEC. 8.  Except as provided for in paragraph (4) of subdivision (n)
of Section 10113.3, this act shall not apply to any life settlement
contract entered into on or before July 1, 2009. This act shall apply
to any transaction involving any life insurance policy in effect, or
entered into, on or after the operative date of this act.
  SEC. 9.  The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
   (a) There is a compelling interest in adequately regulating the
life settlement industry to protect consumers.
   (b) That interest is promoted by encouraging the life settlement
industry to make full and thorough disclosure of information to the
commissioner by providing confidentiality for that information as
specified in subdivision (o) of Section 10113.2 of the Insurance
Code.
  SEC. 10.  No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the
Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the
meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
Constitution.