By Giddings H.B. No. 2415 77R7112 AJA-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to investigation of and remedies for certain past 1-3 discriminatory practices by life insurers. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. (a) The commissioner of insurance shall 1-6 investigate the extent to which premiums charged for and benefits 1-7 provided under life insurance policies issued in this state and in 1-8 force on the effective date of this Act are inequitable as a result 1-9 of race-based practices by life insurers in effect at the time the 1-10 policies were first issued. 1-11 (b) If the commissioner determines that premiums charged for 1-12 or benefits provided under a life insurance policy are inequitable 1-13 as a result of race-based practices by an insurer in effect at the 1-14 time the policies were first issued, the commissioner, after notice 1-15 and a hearing, may order an insurer who issued or has acquired the 1-16 policy to take any action the commissioner determines is 1-17 appropriate to remedy the inequity, regardless of whether the 1-18 insurer has ceased to engage in those practices. 1-19 (c) The owner of a life insurance policy issued before the 1-20 effective date of this Act may request relief from the commissioner 1-21 under Subsection (b) of this section. 1-22 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives 1-23 a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as 1-24 provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this 2-1 Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this 2-2 Act takes effect September 1, 2001.