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A51, R87, S235
Sponsors: Senators Hayes, Thomas and Knotts
Document Path: l:\council\bills\dka\3045dw07.doc
Introduced in the Senate on January 9, 2007
Introduced in the House on February 28, 2007
Last Amended on May 24, 2007
Passed by the General Assembly on May 29, 2007
Became law without Governor's signature, June 7, 2007
Summary: Credit unions
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/9/2007 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-134 1/9/2007 Senate Referred to Committee on Banking and Insurance SJ-134 2/20/2007 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Banking and Insurance SJ-10 2/21/2007 Scrivener's error corrected 2/21/2007 Senate Amended SJ-28 2/22/2007 Senate Read second time 2/27/2007 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-7 2/28/2007 House Introduced and read first time HJ-4 2/28/2007 House Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry HJ-5 5/23/2007 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Labor, Commerce and Industry HJ-7 5/24/2007 House Amended HJ-30 5/24/2007 House Read second time HJ-32 5/24/2007 House Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day HJ-32 5/24/2007 Scrivener's error corrected 5/25/2007 House Read third time and returned to Senate with amendments 5/29/2007 Senate Concurred in House amendment and enrolled SJ-54 5/31/2007 Ratified R 87 6/7/2007 Became law without Governor's signature 6/13/2007 Copies available 6/13/2007 Effective date 06/07/07 6/15/2007 Act No. 51
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(A51, R87, S235)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 34-26-110, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA CREDIT UNION ACT, SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITION OF "DEPOSIT ACCOUNT"; 34-26-350, RELATING TO THE PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS OF A CREDIT UNION, SO AS TO CLARIFY THAT THE CREDIT UNION MAY ESTABLISH AND CLOSE BRANCHES WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE BOARD OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS; 34-26-420, RELATING TO POWERS INCIDENTAL TO THE PURPOSE OF CREDIT UNIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE POWERS GRANTED BY STATE LAW TO A STATE-CHARTERED CREDIT UNION SHALL NOT EXCEED THOSE FOR A FEDERALLY CHARTERED CREDIT UNION AND TO DELETE A REFERENCE TO A CREDIT UNION BEING GIVEN POWERS BY REGULATION; 34-26-500, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF MEMBERSHIP OF A CREDIT UNION, SO AS TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT A CREDIT UNION PRESENTLY DOES NOT HAVE A CREDIT UNION SERVICE AVAILABLE, AND PROVIDE THAT THE BOARD APPROVAL IS NOT NECESSARY TO ADD GROUPS WITH NOT MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED FIFTY POTENTIAL MEMBERS INSTEAD OF ONE HUNDRED; 34-26-605, RELATING TO THE BOARD OF A CREDIT UNION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE BYLAWS MAY OFFER THE OPTION OF USING LOAN OFFICERS INSTEAD OF A CREDIT COMMITTEE; 34-26-750, RELATING TO THE OWNERSHIP INTERESTS IN SHARE ACCOUNTS, SO AS TO REQUIRE THAT CREDIT UNION BYLAWS MUST ESTABLISH MEMBERSHIP AND MEMBER'S RIGHT TO VOTE, OBTAIN LOANS, OR HOLD OFFICE; AND 34-26-860, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE LIMITATION ON THE SIZE OF LOAN SECURED BY REAL ESTATE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT LOAN TERMS FOR RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS MAY NOT EXCEED THE MAXIMUM ALLOWED BY FNMA OR GNMA INSTEAD OF THIRTY YEARS, TO DELETE REQUIREMENTS THAT NO LOANS MAY BE MADE IN EXCESS OF EIGHTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE APPRAISED VALUE UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, TO PROVIDE THAT LOAN TO VALUE REQUIREMENTS AND CERTIFIED APPRAISALS MAY NOT EXCEED MAXIMUMS ALLOWED FOR FEDERALLY CHARTERED CREDIT UNIONS, TO DELETE A REQUIREMENT THAT LOANS OF FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS OR MORE REQUIRE A CERTIFIED APPRAISAL, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A LOAN THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE A CERTIFIED APPRAISAL REQUIRES AN INSPECTION BY A CREDIT UNION-APPOINTED INDIVIDUAL AND EVIDENCE OF VALUE IN THE FILE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Definition, "deposit account"
SECTION 1. Section 34-26-110(6) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 371 of 1996, is amended to read:
"(6) 'Deposit account' means a balance held by a credit union and established by a member, another credit union, organization, as defined in the Federal Credit Union Act, revised October 1998, Title 1, Section 1785-205(2), Paragraph (1), or a governmental unit in accordance with standards specified by the credit union including balances designated as deposits, deposit certificates, checking accounts, or other names. Ownership of a deposit account does not confer membership or voting rights and does not represent an interest in the capital of the credit union upon dissolution. A deposit account is a debt owed by the credit union to the credit holder."
Credit union may establish and close branches with approval of board
SECTION 2. Section 34-26-350(4) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 371 of 1996, is amended to read:
"(4) A credit union may establish and close branches and purchase property for future expansion with approval of the Board of Financial Institutions."
Exercise certain powers
SECTION 3. Section 34-26-420 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 371 of 1996, is amended to read:
"Section 34-26-420. A credit union may exercise incidental powers to enable it to carry out its purposes. However, the powers granted by state law or regulation to a state-chartered credit union shall not exceed those provided by federal law to a federally chartered credit union."
SECTION 4. Section 34-26-500(3) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 371 of 1996, is amended to read:
"(3) A credit union may add additional groups not to exceed two hundred fifty potential members to its field of membership, as necessary, provided the groups reasonably are served by one of the credit union's service facilities, and the group has provided a written request for service to the credit union. However, the Board of Financial Institutions may revoke the power of a credit union to add groups provided by this section upon a finding that permitting additions pursuant to the provisions of this section are not in the best interest of the credit union. The adding of these groups must be consistent with the following:
(a) In order to add additional groups, a credit union first shall obtain a letter on the group's letterhead, if possible, signed by an official representative identified by title, requesting credit union service. The groups shall indicate the number of potential members seeking service. This document must be maintained by the credit union permanently with its bylaws.
(b) A credit union adding groups shall maintain a log of these groups. The log must include the following: the date the group obtained service, the name and location of the group, the number of potential members added, the number of miles to the nearest main or branch office, and the date of the approval of the group by the board of directors.
(c) Upon complying with the above procedures, board approval is not necessary to add groups with no more than two hundred fifty potential members to a credit union's field of membership. Approval of the Board of Financial Institutions must be obtained before the addition of groups in excess of two hundred fifty."
Credit committee, option
SECTION 5. Section 34-26-605(2) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 371 of 1996, is amended to read:
"(2) At an organization meeting to be held within thirty days following each annual election, if it is stipulated in the bylaws, the board of directors shall appoint a credit committee that consists of an odd number, not less than three, whose terms are as the bylaws provide. The bylaws may offer the option of using loan officers instead of having a credit committee."
Ownership of share account
SECTION 6. Section 34-26-750(1) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 371 of 1996, is amended to read:
"(1) A member may designate any person or persons to own a share account with the member in joint tenancy with the right of survivorship, as a tenant in common or under any other form of joint ownership permitted by law, but no co-owner, unless a member in his own right, shall be permitted to vote, obtain loans, or hold office or be required to pay a membership fee. Credit union bylaws or policy, or both, shall establish membership and member's right to vote, obtain loans, or hold office."
Loans secured by real estate
SECTION 7. Section 34-26-860 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 49 of 1999, is further amended to read:
"Section 34-26-860. A credit union is authorized to make loans secured by real estate. The real estate collateral may consist of improved or unimproved property including, but not limited to, a mobile home, modular home, vacation home, property under construction, condominium, or single family dwelling which must be the borrower's primary residence.
Loan terms for unimproved real estate may not exceed fifteen years. Loan terms for a residential dwelling may not exceed the maximum allowed by FNMA or GNMA.
Real estate loan requirements for loan to value and certified appraisals shall not exceed maximums allowed for federally chartered credit unions.
A loan that does not require a certified appraisal requires an inspection by a credit union-appointed individual and evidence of value in the file. A loan application, note, and security instrument may be executed on current versions of FHA, VA, FHLMC, FNMA, or FHLMC/FNMA approved forms.
A loan may not be made on real estate located beyond the continental United States of America."
SECTION 8. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 31st day of May, 2007.
Became law without the signature of the Governor -- 6/7/07.
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