Bill Text: IL SB2433 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Enrolled


Bill Title: Amends the Currency Exchange Act. Defines "government assistance check", "government check", "payroll check", "printed", and "protected class". Provides additional considerations by the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation for determining the maximum rate schedules that can be charged for check cashing and writing of money orders by community currency exchanges and ambulatory currency exchanges. Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's authority to establish rate schedules for check cashing is subject to specified rate caps. Makes other changes. Effective June 1, 2019.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 46-2)

Status: (Enrolled) 2018-06-15 - Sent to the Governor [SB2433 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SB2433-Enrolled.html



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1 AN ACT concerning regulation.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Currency Exchange Act is amended by changing
5Section 19.3 as follows:
6 (205 ILCS 405/19.3) (from Ch. 17, par. 4838)
7 Sec. 19.3. (A) The General Assembly hereby finds and
8declares: community currency exchanges and ambulatory currency
9exchanges provide important and vital services to Illinois
10citizens. In so doing, they transact extensive business
11involving check cashing and the writing of money orders in
12communities in which banking services are generally
13unavailable. Customers of currency exchanges who receive these
14services must be protected from being charged unreasonable and
15unconscionable rates for cashing checks and purchasing money
16orders. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional
17Regulation has the responsibility for regulating the
18operations of currency exchanges and has the expertise to
19determine reasonable maximum rates to be charged for check
20cashing and money order purchases. Therefore, it is in the
21public interest, convenience, welfare and good to have the
22Department establish reasonable maximum rate schedules for
23check cashing and the issuance of money orders and to require

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1community and ambulatory currency exchanges to prominently
2display to the public the fees charged for all services. The
3Secretary shall review, each year, the cost of operation of the
4Currency Exchange Section and the revenue generated from
5currency exchange examinations and report to the General
6Assembly if the need exists for an increase in the fees
7mandated by this Act to maintain the Currency Exchange Section
8at a fiscally self-sufficient level. The Secretary shall
9include in such report the total amount of funds remitted to
10the State and delivered to the State Treasurer by currency
11exchanges pursuant to the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property
12Act.
13 (B) The Secretary shall, by rules adopted in accordance
14with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, expeditiously
15formulate and issue schedules of reasonable maximum rates which
16can be charged for check cashing and writing of money orders by
17community currency exchanges and ambulatory currency
18exchanges.
19 (1) In determining the maximum rate schedules for the
20 purposes of this Section the Secretary shall take into
21 account:
22 (a) Rates charged in the past for the cashing of
23 checks and the issuance of money orders by community
24 and ambulatory currency exchanges.
25 (b) Rates charged by banks or other business
26 entities for rendering the same or similar services and

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1 the factors upon which those rates are based.
2 (c) The income, cost and expense of the operation
3 of currency exchanges.
4 (d) Rates charged by currency exchanges or other
5 similar entities located in other states for the same
6 or similar services and the factors upon which those
7 rates are based.
8 (e) Rates charged by the United States Postal
9 Service for the issuing of money orders and the factors
10 upon which those rates are based.
11 (f) A reasonable profit for a currency exchange
12 operation.
13 (g) The impact on consumers.
14 (h) Whether the rate schedule will
15 disproportionately impact anyone on the basis of any
16 protected characteristic or category listed in
17 subsection (Q) of Section 1-103 of the Illinois Human
18 Rights Act as those terms are defined in that Section.
19 (2)(a) The schedule of reasonable maximum rates
20 established pursuant to this Section may be modified by the
21 Secretary from time to time pursuant to rules adopted in
22 accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
23 (b) Upon the filing of a verified petition setting
24 forth allegations demonstrating reasonable cause to
25 believe that the schedule of maximum rates previously
26 issued and promulgated should be adjusted, the Secretary

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1 shall expeditiously:
2 (i) reject the petition if it fails to demonstrate
3 reasonable cause to believe that an adjustment is
4 necessary; or
5 (ii) conduct such hearings, in accordance with
6 this Section, as may be necessary to determine whether
7 the petition should be granted in whole or in part.
8 (c) No petition may be filed pursuant to subparagraph
9 (a) of paragraph (2) of subsection (B) unless:
10 (i) at least nine months have expired since the
11 last promulgation of schedules of maximum rates; and
12 (ii) at least one-fourth of all community currency
13 exchange licensees join in a petition or, in the case
14 of ambulatory currency exchanges, a licensee or
15 licensees authorized to serve at least 100 locations
16 join in a petition.
17 (3) Any currency exchange may charge lower fees than
18 those of the applicable maximum fee schedule after filing
19 with the Secretary a schedule of fees it proposes to use.
20(Source: P.A. 100-22, eff. 1-1-18.)
21 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect June 1,
222019.
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