Nebraska Governor, Jim Pillen, signed into law Legislative Bill 92 on June 6, 2023, which amended the Nebraska Installment Loan Act (the “Act”) effective June 7, 2023 (the “Effective Date”).  As amended, the licensing requirement under the Act includes “any person that is not a financial institution who, at or after the time a loan [of $25,000 or less with rates exceeding the Nebraska general usury limit] is made by a financial institution, markets, owns in whole or in part, holds, acquires, services, or otherwise participates in such loan.” … Continue Reading

Minnesota recently enacted the Commerce Omnibus Finance Bill, which includes amendments to several provisions of Minnesota law related to consumer loans and financial institutions. 

Interest Rate Caps on Consumer Small Loans and Short-Term Loans

Minnesota laws related to consumer small loans and consumer short-term loans (as those terms are defined under Minnesota law) are amended to define the annual percentage rate (APR) for the covered loans to be an all-in rate including all fees and charges, as follows:

“Annual percentage rate” means a measure of the cost of credit, expressed as a yearly rate, that relates the amount and timing of value received by the consumer to the amount and timing of payments made. … Continue Reading

The Nevada Legislature recently passed Assembly Bill 332 (“AB 332”), which amends Nev. Rev. Stat. Title 55 relating to Banks and Related Organizations to add a new chapter regulating Private Education Lenders and Student Loan Servicers.  The provisions of SB 322 will become effective on January 1, 2024. 

AB 332 exempts the following entities from its requirements:

  • Banks;
  • Savings and loan associations;
  • Savings banks;
  • Thrift companies;
  • Credit unions;
  • The Nevada System of Higher Education;
  • The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education; and
  • Any wholly owned subsidiaries of the above.
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The Nevada Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 276 (“SB 276”), which permits employees of Collection Agencies to work from remote locations and exempts certain entities from qualifying as a “Collection Agency.”  The provisions of SB 276 relevant to Collection Agencies will become effective on October 1, 2023.

SB 276 amends Nev.… Continue Reading

Nevada’s Governor recently approved amendments to Nevada laws that concern the ability of employees of Installment Loan Company licensees to work from remote locations and the collection of medical debt.  The amendments become effective on October 1, 2023.

Senate Bill 355 (“SB 355”) permits employees of Installment Loan Company licensees to work from remote locations. … Continue Reading

On June 29, 2023, Connecticut’s Governor signed into law Substitute Senate Bill No. 1033 which makes significant changes to the state’s Small Loan Act.  The new law takes effect on October 1, 2023.

The primary changes are as follows:

New APR calculation (Section 1, subdivision (2), Revising 36a-555(2)).  Under the current law, the APR is calculated under the provisions of the federal Truth-in-Lending Act and associated regulations. … Continue Reading

New York Senator James Sanders Jr. recently proposed Senate Bill 1450A (“S1450”), which would require those making or soliciting “commercial financing products” in New York State to obtain a license and comply with specified requirements.

Section 363-A of proposed S1450 defines a “commercial financing product” as any advance of funds to a commercial or business enterprise made for the purpose of assisting the business with its capital needs. … Continue Reading

NYDFS recently issued Proposed Guidance “to New York State-regulated banking organizations and regulated non-depository financial institutions to notify them of the Department’s expectation that they update their framework for the review and assessment of the character and fitness of their directors, senior officers, and managers, both upon onboarding and on an ongoing basis.”… Continue Reading

On April 12, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum signed into law House Bill 1068, which creates a new statutory licensing scheme in North Dakota covering residential mortgage loan servicing activities.  This follows on the heels of the enactment last month of North Dakota Senate Bill 2090, which overhauled North Dakota’s licensing requirements related to residential mortgage lending. … Continue Reading

On April 17, the NYDFS announced the adoption of final regulations intended to shift the cost of supervision and examination of BitLicensees from the NYDFS via the implementation of direct assessments to licensees.  The new regulations will primarily only apply to those entities who hold a  BitLicense, as entities engaging in virtual currency business activities as a limited purpose trust company or a banking organization will continue to be assessed under 23 NYCRR Part 101.… Continue Reading