Bill Text: NJ A4561 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires certain disclosures to recipients of small business loans.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2018-10-15 - Introduced, Referred to Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee [A4561 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-A4561-Introduced.html

ASSEMBLY, No. 4561

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED OCTOBER 15, 2018

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  CLINTON CALABRESE

District 36 (Bergen and Passaic)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires certain disclosures to recipients of small business loans.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

 


An Act concerning small business loans and supplementing P.L.1964, c.162 (C.17:9A-59.25 et seq.).

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.  Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, any bank or other entity that provides a small business loan to a small business concern located in the State, in an amount of $100,000 or less, shall provide all of the following disclosures to the small business concern:

     (1)   the annual percentage rate, expressed as a nominal yearly rate, inclusive of any fees and finance charges.

     (2)   the interest rate, expressed as a nominal yearly rate, exclusive of any fees or charges.

     (3)   the finance charge, which shall mean the amount of any and all costs of small business credit, including interest, transaction fees, origination fees, and any third party fees.

     (4)   (a) for a term loan, the amount financed, which shall mean the total loan amount less any prepaid finance charges for term credit; and

     (b)   for a revolving credit loan, the borrowing limits, which shall mean the maximum credit limit available to the small business concern.

     (5)   the payment schedule, which shall include the number, amounts, and timing of payments scheduled to repay the obligation, which amounts shall include principal, interest, and any other finance charges incurred after closing.

     (6)   the minimum payment required to be paid toward the outstanding amount to meet the terms and conditions of the small business loan, and an estimate of the time to pay off the outstanding amount, along with the cost of any interest incurred by making a minimum payment.

     (7)   any third party agreements entered into between the bank or entity that provides the small business loan and any broker or other third party involved in the loan, any fees paid pursuant to their involvement, and a description of their relationships and any conflicts of interests.

     b.    The disclosures required pursuant to subsection a. of this subsection shall be provided at the time that the small business loan is offered to the small business concern and prior to the small business concern's acceptance of the loan.

     c.     In addition to the disclosures required to be provided to the small business concern pursuant to subsection a. of this section, a bank or other entity providing a small business loan shall, as applicable and appropriate under the terms of the small business loan, notify a small business concern at least 45 days before the effective date of any increase in the annual percentage rate of the loan and any other change that significantly affects the responsibilities or obligations of the small business concern under the loan.

     d.    A bank or other entity that violates any provision of this section shall be subject to the penalties pursuant to section 13 of P.L.1964, c.162 (C.17:9A-59.37).

 

     2.    This act shall take effect on the 90th day next following enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill supplements the "Small Business Loan Act" by applying certain disclosure provisions of the federal "Truth in Lending Act" (TILA) to certain loans made to small businesses in the State.

     Although banks have traditionally provided the majority of small business loans, other non-bank lenders, including online marketplace lenders, have moved into the market for small business loans. While TILA requires disclosures to individual consumers who take out loans, this bill expands protections to small businesses as the lending industry goes through this transformation, by placing TILA disclosure requirements on any bank or other entity providing a small business loan in an amount of $100,000 or less to a business located in the State.

     Specifically, the bill requires, notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, any bank or other entity that provides a small business loan to a small business concern located in the State, in an amount of $100,000 or less, to provide all of the following disclosures about the loan to the small business concern:

     (1)   the annual percentage rate, expressed as a nominal yearly rate, inclusive of any fees and finance charges.

     (2)   the interest rate, expressed as a nominal yearly rate, exclusive of any fees or charges.

     (3)   the finance charge, which shall mean the amount of any and all costs of small business credit, including interest, transaction fees, origination fees, and any third party fees.

     (4)   (a) for a term loan, the amount financed, which shall mean the total loan amount less any prepaid finance charges for term credit; and

     (b)   for a revolving credit loan, the borrowing limits, which shall mean the maximum credit limit available to the small business concern.

     (5)   the payment schedule, which shall include the number, amounts, and timing of payments scheduled to repay the obligation, which amounts shall include principal, interest, and any other finance charges incurred after closing.

     (6)   the minimum payment required to be paid toward the outstanding amount to meet the terms and conditions of the small business loan, and an estimate of the time to pay off the outstanding amount, along with the cost of any interest incurred by making a minimum payment.

     (7)   any third party agreements entered into between the bank or other entity that provides the small business loan and any broker or other third party involved in the loan, any fees paid pursuant to their involvement, and a description of their relationships and any conflicts of interests.

     The bill also requires these disclosures to be provided at the time that the small business loan is offered to the small business concern and prior to the small business concern's acceptance of the loan.

     In addition, a bank or entity providing a small business loan shall, as applicable and appropriate under the terms of the small business loan, notify a small business concern at least 45 days before the effective date of any increase in the annual percentage rate of the loan and any other change that significantly affects the responsibilities or obligations of the small business concern under the loan.

     Finally, the bill provides that any bank or other entity that violates any provision of the bill shall be subject to the penalties set forth in the "Small Business Loan Act."

feedback