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Charter Modernization on the Brink in California
Posted August 24, 2016 by CUNA Advocacy

A major bill that would modernize the California state credit union charter, A 2274, passed its final legislative hurdle in the state Assembly by a vote of 66-0 yesterday. This bill is the culmination of efforts by the California Credit Union League’s State Charter Review Committee and is now on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, who will need to sign the bill before Sept. 30. If signed, the provisions will go into effect Jan. 1.

The legislation modernizes the state charter by:

1) Allowing member business loans to exceed a member's deposits;

2) Eliminating board approval of membership applications;

3) Allowing for an audit committee in lieu of a supervisory committee;

4) Allowing non-members to act as co-borrowers, surety, or guarantors of a loan made to a member;

5) Redefining which credit union officials' loans are subject to certain limitations and are required to be reviewed by the board;

6) Allowing credit unions to decide whether their boards need to meet on a monthly basis, or if they should opt to meet less often based on the needs of the credit union; and

7) Removing unnecessary loan documentation requirements.

Throughout the legislative process, this measure was well received by lawmakers as it passed through the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee with a vote of 12-0, Assembly Appropriations Committee (20-0), Assembly Floor (79-0), Senate Banking and Finance Committee (7-0), Senate Appropriations Committee (7-0), and the Senate Floor (38-0).

With eight days left in the California Legislative Session, the league is focused on other credit union-related bills including measures regulating property accessed clean energy (PACE) loans and unclaimed property.