(1) Unless a civil litigation funding company has first registered pursuant to the Nonrecourse Civil Litigation Act, the civil litigation funding company cannot engage in the business of nonrecourse civil litigation funding.
(2) A civil litigation funding company shall submit an application of registration to the Secretary of State in a form prescribed by the Secretary of State. An application filed under this subsection is a public record and shall contain information that allows the Secretary of State to make an evaluation of the character, fitness, and financial responsibility of the company such that the Secretary of State may determine that the business will be operated honestly or fairly within the purposes of the act. For purposes of determining a civil litigation funding company's character, fitness, and financial responsibility, the Secretary of State shall request a company to submit: A copy of the company's articles of incorporation, articles of organization, certificate of limited partnership, or other organizational documents; proof of registration with a Nebraska registered agent; and proof of a surety bond or irrevocable letter of credit issued and confirmed by a financial institution authorized by law to transact business in the State of Nebraska that is equal to double the amount of the largest funding in the past calendar year or fifty thousand dollars, whichever is greater.
(3) A civil litigation funding company may apply to renew a registration by submitting an application for renewal in a form prescribed by the Secretary of State. An application filed under this subsection is a public record. The registration shall contain current information on all matters required in an original registration.