33-20-309. Annuity penalty -- 10-year prohibition. (1) An annuity may not charge a surrender penalty on an annuity contract after 10 years from:
(a) the date of issuance; or
(b) for contracts for which the annuitant voluntarily deposits a separate premium that was not required under the annuity contract, the date of each separate annuity premium deposit. Within 10 years after the separate deposit, the insurer may charge a surrender penalty for that deposit.
(2) An insurer must provide written notice to the annuitant of any surrender penalty imposed under the contract, including subsequent notices if the annuitant voluntarily contributes separate premium deposits under subsection (1)(b).
(3) For purposes of this section, the term "surrender penalty" means a surrender penalty, fee, or charge for the early withdrawal of funds from an annuity contract or for the cancellation of the annuity contract.
(4) This section applies to any annuity contract, including but not limited to annuity contracts under Title 30, chapter 10.