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District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking issues order providing relief to policyholders
On April 27, the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking issued an order imposing certain requirements on insurance companies authorized to conduct business in the District of Columbia. Among other things, insurance companies and premium finance companies are prohibited from terminating insurance contracts due to non-payment. Insurance companies must make reasonable accommodations for policyholders during the Covid-19 emergency, such as through waiving installment, late payment, or reinstatement fees, extending billing due dates and premium grace periods, and providing an option to use electronic payment technology. The order also provides guidance concerning premium relief and the department’s review of form and rate filings.
Montana issues a temporary emergency rule to waive June assessments or fees for banks and credit unions
On April 24, the Montana Department of Administration issued a temporary emergency rule waiving the first semiannual assessments for state-chartered banks and supervisory fees for credit unions. The rule will expire on August 22, 2020.
Arizona Department of Financial Institutions issues guidance to financial institutions working with customers affected by Covid-19
On April 24, the Arizona Department of Financial Institution issued a statement to financial institutions working with customers affected by Covid-19. Financial institutions are encouraged to work with affected customers and communities including through, among other things, waiving certain fees, increasing ATM cash withdrawal limits, offering payment accommodations, and suspending actions to foreclose on homes and businesses. Prudent efforts to modify the terms on existing loans for affected customers will not be subject to department criticism. The statement also provides guidance on financial condition review, supervisory response and regulatory relief, regulatory reporting requirements, and alternative service options for customers.
Minnesota Commerce Department issues guidance to state banks and state credit unions regarding fraud with paper stimulus checks
On April 22, the Minnesota Commerce Department issued letters to officers of state banks and state credit unions alerting them of potential fraud that may arise in connection with the receipt of paper stimulus checks ordered under the CARES Act. The letters link to the Treasury and Secret Service guidance that highlights Treasury check security features and includes a link to a check verification application.
On April 22, the Iowa Division of Banking issued a statement to bank presidents and CEOs. The statement encourages banks to consider the Paycheck Protection Program Lending Facility created by the Federal Reserve as a liquidity option for Paycheck Protection Program loan activity. The announcement also addresses off-site examinations of financial institutions; the interagency statement on appraisals and evaluations for real estate affected by Covid-19; tracking payment extensions, deferrals, and modifications when working with customers; and loan loss reserve analysis, among other topics.
On April 21, Vermont’s attorney general issued a directive to debt collectors, creditors, and financial institutions declaring that CARES Act stimulus payments are exempt from garnishment or collection under Vermont law. In addition, the directive asks banking institutions to voluntarily suspend any set-offs or other collection activity for overdrafts and fees that could impact the stimulus payments.
On April 21, New York Attorney General Letitia James issued guidance clarifying that New York law exempts emergency stimulus payments made under the CARES Act from garnishment. Additionally, although New York law may, in certain circumstances, permit a bank to seize funds in a consumer’s account to pay a debt owed to the bank, the Office of the Attorney General views such a setoff against a CARES Act payment as unfair and abusive. James warned that the Office of the Attorney General would aggressively pursue any creditor or debt collector that garnishes or exercises a right of setoff against a CARES Act payment in violation of New York law.
Georgia Department of Banking and Finance issues bulletin regarding lending, liquidity, business continuity, and regulatory reporting
The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance has issued its monthly bulletin for financial institutions in which it provides guidance on lending, liquidity, business continuity planning, and regulatory reporting. Among other things, the department reiterates the importance of liquidity risk management during Covid-19 and urges financial institutions to consider the impact of certain scenarios on their liquidity. The department also provides questions that financial institutions should consider as part of their pandemic planning. The bulletin also notes that, for banks and credit unions, the department is implementing electronic document and payment submission for correspondence, applications, and requests, including any applicable fees.
Maryland commissioner of Financial Regulation issues advisory on lending limits for banks and credit unions
On April 17, the Maryland commissioner of Financial Regulation issued an advisory to address the legal lending limits for Maryland-chartered commercial banks and credit unions. The advisory provides that banks must follow either the Maryland lending limit or the federal lending limit; not both. Banks that are considering relief from the Maryland lending limit must comply with certain requirements. The commissioner also found that, in order to maintain parity with national banks, exemptions to the federal lending limit would be in the public interest and consistent with 12 U.S.C. § 84. Similarly, the governor authorized the commissioner to suspend certain requirements to allow a credit union to engage in transactions exceeding the total credit union limit provided certain requirements are satisfied.
On April 17, the governor of Oregon issued an executive order exempting all CARES Act stimulus payments to individuals from garnishment, subject to limited exceptions. CARES Act payments will remain exempt from garnishment when deposited into a financial institution. The exemption will remain in effect until terminated by the governor.
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