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(1) No insurance company, corporation, or association of individuals shall sell or offer to sell stock in any insurance company or any insurance agency company, or permit the same to be sold or offered for sale by any firm, company, corporation, or individual to any person or persons in Mississippi until the same secures a permit or license from the insurance commissioner. Before such permit shall be granted for the sale of such stock in this state, directly or indirectly, by itself or by any firm, person, or corporation, such insurance company, corporation, or association of individuals shall file with the insurance commissioner a duly certified copy of its articles of incorporation and designate the insurance commissioner attorney for the service of legal process, as now provided by law for other insurance companies or corporations, and shall file with the insurance commissioner such other information, with reference to its proposed plans of transacting business in Mississippi, as the insurance commissioner may require. If, after an examination of such articles of incorporation, and upon being otherwise satisfied that the business proposed to be transacted in the state is proper and right under the laws of Mississippi, then the insurance commissioner shall issue the same a permit to sell its stock in the State of Mississippi.
(2) Permit-$200 paid for examination:
Every such insurance company, corporation, or association of individuals shall pay to the insurance commissioner the sum of two hundred dollars for his services in making the examination and issuing the permit provided by the preceding subsection; and every agent, person, or corporation offering the stock for sale shall pay to the said commissioner the sum of ten dollars. Said sums shall be paid into the state treasury as other taxes collected by him. The license shall only permit such sales to be made upon plan submitted to the insurance commissioner, and at the prices and commissions designated in such license.
(3) Failure to obtain permit:
For failure or refusal to obtain authority provided for herein, such insurance company, corporation, or association of individuals so failing or refusing to obtain such permit shall be forever barred from admission to this state to transact insurance. No person, firm, or corporation shall in any manner represent, as agent or otherwise, such insurance company, corporation, or association of individuals for the sale of stock, or for any other purpose, before securing the permit herein provided.
(4) Sale of insurance and stock together prohibited:
No company, corporation, or other person within the terms of this section shall sell such stock and insurance together, or one as an inducement to the sale or purchase of the other and, for any violation of this section, shall be subject to the same penalties herein otherwise imposed for the violation of any provision of this chapter.
(5) Commissioner given power of trial justice:
For the prosecutions herein provided, the insurance commissioner shall have the powers of a trial justice, or he, or any other person cognizant of the facts, may make affidavit, returnable before a justice of the peace, whose duty it shall be to proceed with the trial as provided by law for any other violation thereof.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Mississippi Code Title 83. Insurance § 83-5-19. Sale of stock by insurers - last updated January 01, 2018 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ms/title-83-insurance/ms-code-sect-83-5-19.html
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