(a) A domestic mutual insurer may merge or consolidate with another insurer under the applicable procedures prescribed by the statutes of this state applying to corporations formed for profit, except as provided in this section.
(b) The plan and agreement for merger or consolidation shall be submitted to, and approved by, at least two-thirds of the members of each mutual insurer voting thereon at meetings called for the purpose pursuant to such reasonable notice and procedure as has been approved by the commissioner. If a life insurer, right to vote may be limited to members whose policies are other than term and group policies and have been in effect for more than one year.
(c) No such merger or consolidation shall be effectuated unless in advance thereof the plan and agreement therefor have been filed with the commissioner and approved by him in writing after a hearing thereon. The commissioner shall give such approval within a reasonable time after such filing unless he finds such plan or agreement:
(1) Inequitable to the policyholders of any domestic insurer involved; or
(2) Would substantially reduce the security of, and service to be rendered to, policyholders of the domestic insurer in this state and elsewhere.
(d) If the commissioner does not approve such plan or agreement, he shall so notify the insurers in writing specifying his reasons therefor.
(e) Subsection (e) of Section 27-27-45 shall also apply as to mergers and consolidations of such mutual insurers.