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40-4902. Same; definitions. As used in this act:

(a) "Approved subject" or "approved course" means any educational presentation involving insurance fundamentals, insurance law, insurance policies and coverage, insurance needs, insurance risk management, insurance agency management or other areas, which is offered in a class, seminar, computer based training, interactive internet training or other similar form of instruction, and that has been approved by the commissioner under this act as expanding skills and knowledge obtained prior to initial licensure under this act or developing new and relevant skills and knowledge in preparation for such licensure.

(b) "Biennial due date" means the last day of the birth month of any licensed insurance agent who is required to complete C.E.C.'s and report the completion of such C.E.C.'s to the commissioner pursuant to this act, except that such due date shall not be earlier than two years from the date of the insurance agent's initial licensure under this act. The biennial due date for a registered business entity shall be the last day of the month of the date of initial licensure under this act.

(c) "Biennium" means the period starting with the insurance agent's biennial due date in 2001 and each two-year period thereafter for any insurance agent who was born in an odd-numbered year. For any insurance agent who was born in an even-numbered year, the term shall mean the period starting with the insurance agent's biennial due date in 2002 and each two-year period thereafter. The biennium for a registered business entity shall be the two-year period following such business entity's initial licensure or renewal of such license.

(d) "Broker" means any individual who acts or aids in any manner in negotiating contracts of insurance, or in placing risks or in soliciting or effecting contracts of insurance as an agent for an insured other than such individual and not as an agent of an insurance company or any other type of insurance carrier. The term "broker" does not include: A person working as an officer for an insurance carrier, or in a clerical, administrative or service capacity for an insurance carrier, licensed agent or broker, provided that such person does not solicit contracts of insurance, or an attorney-at-law in the performance of such attorney's duties, an insured who places or negotiates the placement of such insured's own insurance, or any employee of an insured engaged in placing or negotiating for placement of insurance for such employee's employer.

(e) "Business entity" means any corporation, association, partnership, limited liability company, limited liability partnership or other legal entity.

(f) "C.E.C." means continuing education credit containing at least 50 minutes of instruction in each clock hour. The term C.E.C. also includes any value, expressed in a whole number of units, assigned by the commissioner to an approved subject.

(g) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of insurance as defined in K.S.A. 40-102, and amendments thereto. The term "commissioner" also includes any authorized representative or designee of the commissioner.

(h) "Department" means the insurance department established by K.S.A. 40-102, and amendments thereto.

(i) "Home state" means the District of Columbia and any state or territory of the United States in which an insurance agent maintains such agent's principal place of residence or principal place of business and is licensed to act as an insurance agent.

(j) "Inactive agent" means any licensed agent who presents evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that demonstrates that such agent will not do any act toward transacting the business of insurance for not more than four years from the date such evidence is received by the commissioner.

(k) "Insurance agent" and "agent" means any person required to be licensed under the provisions of chapter 40 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto, to sell, solicit or negotiate insurance. For the purposes of the uniform agents licensing act, whenever the terms "agent" or "broker" appear in chapter 40 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto, each term means insurance agent unless the context requires otherwise. "Insurance agent" also includes the terms "insurance producer" or "producer."

(l) "Insurance" means any of the lines of authority specified in K.S.A. 40-4903(a), and amendments thereto.

(m) "Insurance producer" or "producer" means any person licensed under the laws of another state to sell, solicit, or negotiate insurance. For the purposes of this act, the terms "insurance agent" and "agent" include an "insurance producer" or "producer" when the context so requires. In the context of a producer database maintained by this state, another state or the NAIC, the term "producer" includes "agent."

(n) "Insurer" and "insurance company" means the same as "insurance company" as defined by K.S.A. 40-222c, and amendments thereto.

(o) "License" means a document issued by the commissioner authorizing a person to act as an insurance agent for the lines of authority specified in such document.

(p) "Limited line credit insurance" includes credit life, credit disability, credit property, credit unemployment, involuntary unemployment, mortgage life, mortgage guaranty, mortgage disability, automobile dealer gap insurance and any other form of insurance offered in connection with an extension of credit that is limited to partially or wholly extinguishing that credit obligation that the insurance commissioner determines should be designated a form of limited line credit insurance.

(q) "Limited line credit insurance agent" means a person who sells, solicits or negotiates one or more forms of limited line credit insurance coverage to individuals through a master, corporate, group or individual policy.

(r) "NAIC" means the national association of insurance commissioners.

(s) "Negotiate" means the act of conferring directly with or offering advice directly to any purchaser or prospective purchaser of a particular contract of insurance concerning any of the substantive benefits, terms or conditions of such contract, provided that the person engaged in such act either sells insurance or obtains insurance from insurers for purchasers.

(t) "Person" means an individual or a business entity.

(u) "Sell" means to exchange a contract of insurance by any means, for money or its equivalent, on behalf of an insurance company.

(v) "Solicit" includes any attempt to sell insurance or asking or urging a person to apply for any particular kind of insurance from any particular insurance company.

History: L. 2001, ch. 91, § 2; L. 2021, ch. 23, § 2; July 1.

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