No state department or agency shall negotiate any life or disability insurance or require the placing of that insurance through particular agents, brokers, or companies, except to the extent that the state has a direct financial interest in the subject of the insurance. The state has no financial interest in an annuity purchased for an employee if the premium therefor is paid from a deduction from or reduction in the employee's salary, and any annuity paid for through a deduction or reduction shall not be deemed to have been provided by the state for its employees for purposes of this section, and the state shall not negotiate or require the placing of the annuity through particular agents, brokers, or companies. Nothing contained in this section shall affect the program of life and disability insurance in connection with veterans' farm and home purchases through the Department of Veterans Affairs except that the total life insurance benefit under that program shall in no event exceed 120 percent of the unpaid contract balance. Except in those cases where the premium for an annuity is paid entirely from a deduction from or reduction in an employee's salary, nothing contained in this section shall affect life or disability insurance programs which may be provided by the state for its employees.
Notwithstanding anything in this section to the contrary, in any case in which a tax-sheltered annuity under an annuity plan which meets the requirements of Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code 1 of 1954 is to be placed or purchased for an employee, the employee shall have the right to designate the licensed agent, broker, or company through whom the employee's employer shall arrange for the placement or purchase of the tax-sheltered annuity. In any case in which the employee has designated an agent, broker, or company, the employer shall comply with that designation, except in the case of a designation subject to Section 1153 or Section 12420.2 of the Government Code , or Section 24950 of the Education Code .
As used in this section, “state department or agency” shall include, but not be limited to, school districts.
This section shall apply to all local governmental agencies, as well as state departments and agencies.
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