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  • Indiana amends financial services legislation, adds allowable charges

    State Issues

    On March 13, the Indiana governor signed HB 1397 and SB 377, which make a variety of changes to various Indiana banking, consumer, and financial services laws administered by the state’s Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). Among other things, HB 1397 amends Indiana’s Universal Commercial Credit Code (UCCC) to codify current DFI practice, which allows for additional charges in connection with a consumer credit sale or loan, including charges for a skip-a-payment service ($25 maximum), an expedited payment service ($10 maximum), and a guaranteed asset protection agreement. The legislation also adds electronic funds transfers to the list of return payments that may be assessed a $25 charge. For payday loans, the legislation clarifies that a borrower, during the third consecutive loan or any subsequent consecutive loan, may request an extended payment plan if the rescission period has expired and the borrower has not previously defaulted on the outstanding loan. Indiana’s SB 377 allows for the director of DFI to use certain technology solutions to oversee compliance with and enforce state laws associated with the regulation of payday loans.

    Both pieces of legislation are effective July 1. 

    State Issues Lending UCCC Payday Lending Consumer Finance State Legislation

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  • Colorado UCCC Administrator Opinion Provides Guidance on Debt Cancellation and Suspension Agreement Fees

    State Issues

    On August 7, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, through the Administrator of the Uniform Consumer Credit Code (UCCC), issued an Administrator Opinion to provide clarification on fees related to debt cancellation and suspension agreements. The UCCC has adopted and authorized rules permitting additional charges to be assessed in addition to a finance charge, such as fees for Single Premium Non-Credit Insurance, Involuntary Unemployment Insurance Premiums, and Guaranteed Automobile Protection. However, because the UCCC has not yet adopted by rule permissible fees for debt cancellation and suspension agreements, those fees must be included in the calculation of the finance charge, even if they are “permitted by federal or state law or regulation—including debt cancellation and suspension agreements offered by Colorado-[c]hartered [b]anks, Colorado-[c]harted [i]ndustrial [b]anks, and Colorado-[c]hartered [c]redit [u]nions.” This Administrator Opinion rescinds the November 9, 2004 Advisory Opinion titled “Debt Cancellation and Suspension Agreements Offered by Colorado-Chartered Banks, Colorado-Chartered Industrial Banks, and Colorado Chartered Credit Unions.” Organizations have 120 days to comply with the newly issued guidance.

    State Issues State Attorney General Auto Finance Debt Cancellation UCCC

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  • Colorado Issues Advisory on Entities Required to File UCCC Sales Finance Notifications

    State Issues

    On December 28 of last year, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, through the Administrator of the Uniform Consumer Credit Code (UCCC), issued an advisory for entities filing sales finance notifications. The advisory strongly recommends that purchasers and assignees of consumer credit transactions subject to the UCCC develop and implement a due diligence process to confirm that the retail credit sellers originating those contracts have filed the proper notice under UCCC Section 5-6-203(4). As explained in the advisory, if notice is not properly filed, consumers “may not have an obligation to pay the finance charge due on those consumer credit transactions.” The list of retail credit sellers who currently file notifications with the department can be accessed here.

    State Issues Consumer Finance Credit Sellers Customer Due Diligence UCCC State Attorney General

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