2021 Hawaii Revised Statutes
Title 24. Insurance
431. Insurance Code
431:9A-112 License denial, nonrenewal, suspension, or revocation.

§431:9A-112 License denial, nonrenewal, suspension, or revocation. (a) The commissioner may deny, place on probation, suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue or renew an insurance producer's license and may levy a civil penalty in accordance with articles 2 and 3, or any combination of these actions, for any of the following causes:

(1) Providing incorrect, misleading, incomplete, or materially untrue information in the license application;

(2) Violating any law, or violating any rule, subpoena, or order of the commissioner or of another state's commissioner;

(3) Obtaining or attempting to obtain a license through misrepresentation or fraud;

(4) Improperly withholding, misappropriating, or converting any moneys or properties received in the course of doing business;

(5) Intentionally misrepresenting the terms of an actual or proposed insurance contract or application for insurance;

(6) Having been convicted of a felony;

(7) Having admitted to or been found to have committed any insurance unfair trade practice or fraud;

(8) Using fraudulent, coercive, or dishonest practice or demonstrating incompetence, untrustworthiness, or financial irresponsibility in the conduct of business in this State or elsewhere;

(9) Having an insurance producer license or its equivalent denied, placed on probation, suspended, or revoked in any other state, province, district, or territory;

(10) Forging another's name on an application or on any document related to a transaction;

(11) Improperly using notes or any other reference material while taking an examination for an insurance license;

(12) Accepting insurance business from a person who is not licensed;

(13) Failing to comply with an administrative or court order imposing a child support obligation; or

(14) Failing to pay federal or state income taxes or failing to comply with any administrative or court order directing payment of federal or state income taxes.

(b) If the commissioner takes action pursuant to subsection (a), the commissioner shall notify the applicant or licensee in writing of the reason for that action. The applicant or licensee may make written demand upon the commissioner within ten days of the date of receipt of the notice for a hearing before the commissioner to determine the reasonableness of the commissioner's action. The hearing shall be held within thirty days of receipt of the written demand and shall be held pursuant to chapter 91, and following that action, unless otherwise provided by law, the commissioner shall without further review or hearing renew, reinstate, or grant the license only upon receipt of an authorization from the administering entity.

(c) The license of a business entity may be sanctioned pursuant to subsection (a) if the commissioner finds, after hearing, that any other licensee of the business entity has engaged in misconduct under subsection (a) that was known or should have been known by one or more of the entity's partners, officers, or managers acting on behalf of the entity and the violation was neither reported to the commissioner by the entity nor corrective action taken by the entity.

(d) In addition to or in lieu of any applicable sanction under subsection (a), a licensee may, after hearing, be subject to a civil fine according to article 2.

(e) The commissioner shall retain the authority to enforce the provisions of and impose any penalty or remedy authorized by this article, chapter 431, 432, or 432D, against any person who is under investigation for or charged with a violation of this article, chapter 431, 432, or 432D, even if that person's license or registration has been surrendered or has lapsed by operation of law. [L 2001, c 216, pt of §2; am L 2003, c 133, §8 and c 212, §64; am L 2006, c 154, §30; am L 2019, c 279, §5]

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