Bill Text: NY A03262 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Allows credit unions, savings banks, savings and loan associations and federal savings associations to accept and secure deposits from municipal corporations.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 23-8)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-17 - reported referred to ways and means [A03262 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A03262-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                         3262--A

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                    January 29, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. ZEBROWSKI, LUPARDO, MOSLEY, GOTTFRIED, BLAKE,
          M. G. MILLER, COOK, STECK, FAHY, JEAN-PIERRE, WALLACE, JONES, RICHARD-
          SON, WALSH, BRABENEC, MONTESANO, RA, BYRNE, CARROLL,  STIRPE,  HUNTER,
          LALOR,  SALKA,  B. MILLER  --  Multi-Sponsored  by -- M. of A. ABBATE,
          BARRETT, DICKENS, ENGLEBRIGHT, THIELE -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Banks --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  general  municipal  law and the banking law, in
          relation to allowing credit unions, savings banks,  savings  and  loan
          associations  and  federal  savings  associations to accept and secure
          deposits from municipal corporations;  to  direct  the  department  of
          financial  services  to  conduct a study and issue a report concerning
          the impact of allowing certain financial institutions to accept  local
          government  public  deposits;  and providing for the repeal of certain
          provisions upon the expiration thereof

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Paragraph d of subdivision 1 of section 10 of the general
     2  municipal law, as amended by chapter 623 of the laws of 1998, is amended
     3  to read as follows:
     4    d. "Bank" shall mean a bank  as  defined  by  the  banking  law  or  a
     5  national  banking  association  located and authorized to do business in
     6  New York; a savings bank as defined by the banking law,  a  savings  and
     7  loan  association  as  defined  by  the banking law or a federal savings
     8  association located and authorized to do business in New York which  has
     9  its  principal office in a location described in paragraph (a) of subdi-
    10  vision two of section two hundred thirty-seven of the banking law, or  a
    11  branch  office  in  a location described in paragraph (b) of subdivision
    12  two of section two hundred thirty-seven of the banking law.
    13    § 2. Section 10 of the general municipal law is amended  by  adding  a
    14  new subdivision 5 to read as follows:

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02132-04-9

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     1    5.  In  addition  to  the  financial institutions authorized to accept
     2  public deposits in subdivision two of this section,  credit  unions,  as
     3  defined by the banking law or a federal credit union located and author-
     4  ized  to  do  business  in  New York which has its principal office in a
     5  location  described  in  paragraph  (a)  of  subdivision thirty-eight of
     6  section four hundred fifty-four of the banking law, or a  branch  office
     7  in  a location described in paragraph (b) of subdivision thirty-eight of
     8  section four hundred fifty-four of the banking law,  may  accept  public
     9  deposits  by  a  local  government  subject to the limitations set forth
    10  herein. For the calendar year  beginning  January  first,  two  thousand
    11  twenty,  the  governing board of a local government may designate one or
    12  more credit unions, for the deposit of public funds in an amount not  to
    13  exceed  five  hundred  thousand  dollars  in each institution.   For the
    14  calendar year beginning January  first,  two  thousand  twenty-one,  the
    15  governing  board  of a local government may designate one or more credit
    16  unions for the deposit of public funds in an amount not  to  exceed  one
    17  million  dollars  in  each  institution. For the calendar year beginning
    18  January first, two thousand twenty-two, the governing board of  a  local
    19  government  may  designate  one or more credit unions for the deposit of
    20  public funds in an amount not to exceed  two  million  dollars  in  each
    21  institution.    For the calendar year beginning January first, two thou-
    22  sand twenty-three, the governing board of a local government may  desig-
    23  nate  one  or  more  credit unions for the deposit of public funds in an
    24  amount not to exceed three million dollars in each institution. For  the
    25  calendar  year  beginning  January  first, two thousand twenty-four, the
    26  governing board of a local government may designate one or  more  credit
    27  unions  for  the deposit of public funds in an amount not to exceed four
    28  million dollars in each institution. For  the  calendar  year  beginning
    29  January  first, two thousand twenty-five, the governing board of a local
    30  government may designate one or more credit unions for  the  deposit  of
    31  public  funds  in  an  amount not to exceed five million dollars in each
    32  institution. For the purposes of this section,  a  deposit  limit  shall
    33  mean  the maximum amount of all funds of a local government in an insti-
    34  tution based on a daily account balance excluding any accrued interest.
    35    § 3. Section 454 of the banking law is amended by adding a new  subdi-
    36  vision 38 to read as follows:
    37    38.  (a)  To  accept  deposits  for  credit  to a local government, as
    38  defined in paragraph a of subdivision one of section ten of the  general
    39  municipal law, at its principal office where such credit union maintains
    40  its principal office within the jurisdiction of such local government.
    41    (b) To accept deposits for credit to a local government, as defined in
    42  paragraph  a  of subdivision one of section ten of the general municipal
    43  law, at its branch office where such credit  union  maintains  a  branch
    44  office within the jurisdiction of such local government.
    45    §  4. The banking law is amended by adding a new section 454-a to read
    46  as follows:
    47    § 454-a. Deposits of public money with credit  unions;  security.    A
    48  credit  union may accept deposits of public money subject to the limita-
    49  tions provided in  subdivision  thirty-eight  of  section  four  hundred
    50  fifty-four  of  this  article.  Such credit union shall pledge assets or
    51  furnish other security satisfactory in form and amount to the depositor,
    52  for the repayment of monies held in the name  of  such  depositor,  when
    53  required to be secured by applicable law, decree or regulation.
    54    §  5. The banking law is amended by adding a new section 454-b to read
    55  as follows:

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     1    § 454-b. Community investment by credit union; condition of  accepting
     2  municipal  deposits.    1. If the average daily balance of the municipal
     3  funds on deposit at the credit union for the preceding year is in excess
     4  of three hundred thousand dollars, the chief financial officer,  or  the
     5  senior  official  in the credit union with responsibility for performing
     6  the functions of a chief financial officer of a credit union that choos-
     7  es to accept municipal deposits pursuant to section ten of  the  general
     8  municipal  law, shall, consistent with safety and soundness, transmit to
     9  the department by December thirty-first each  year,  a  written  certif-
    10  ication,  in  a  form  specified by the superintendent and posted on the
    11  department's website, that the credit union has invested into the commu-
    12  nity, pursuant to this  section,  a  sum  equal  to  the  average  daily
    13  balance,  multiplied  by  a  factor  of  .0035, provided, however, in no
    14  event, shall a credit union be required to contribute a sum in excess of
    15  one hundred thousand dollars in any one year.
    16    2. The community investment  described  in  subdivision  one  of  this
    17  section  shall  be  used  to  support  any of the following purposes, as
    18  determined by the credit union, in any community where such credit union
    19  has authority to provide  services,  provided  the  credit  union  shall
    20  prioritize low-income communities when choosing where to invest:
    21    (a) minority and women-owned business enterprises in the community; or
    22    (b) affordable housing (including multifamily rental housing) for low-
    23  and moderate-income individuals in the community; or
    24    (c)  community  services targeted to low- and moderate-income individ-
    25  uals in the community; or
    26    (d) activities that revitalize or stabilize  the  community  including
    27  low- or moderate-income geographies, or designated disaster areas; or
    28    (e) financial literacy.
    29    3.  For  purposes  of  the  community investment pursuant to this this
    30  section, field of membership restrictions shall not apply.
    31    § 6. Subdivision 2 of section 237 of the banking law,  as  amended  by
    32  chapter 360 of the laws of 1984, is amended to read as follows:
    33    2. [No savings bank shall accept any deposit for credit to any munici-
    34  pal  corporation.]  (a)  A  savings  bank  which maintains its principal
    35  office within the jurisdiction of a  local  government,  as  defined  in
    36  paragraph  a  of subdivision one of section ten of the general municipal
    37  law, may accept deposits at such principal office  for  credit  to  such
    38  local government.
    39    (b)  A  savings bank which maintains a branch office within the juris-
    40  diction of a local government, as defined in paragraph a of  subdivision
    41  one  of section ten of the general municipal law, may accept deposits at
    42  such branch office for credit to such local government.
    43    § 7. Section 234 of the banking law is amended by adding a new  subdi-
    44  vision 27 to read as follows:
    45    27. Pursuant to subdivision two of section two hundred thirty-seven of
    46  this article, to pledge assets or furnish other security satisfactory in
    47  form  and  amount  to the depositor, for the repayment of monies held in
    48  the name of such depositor, when required to be  secured  by  applicable
    49  law,  decree  or  regulation  and  to  exercise  the powers contained in
    50  section ninety-six-b of this chapter.
    51    § 8. Section 383 of the banking law is amended by adding a new  subdi-
    52  vision 18 to read as follows:
    53    18. Pursuant to subdivision two of section two hundred thirty-seven of
    54  this chapter, to pledge assets or furnish other security satisfactory in
    55  form  and  amount  to the depositor, for the repayment of monies held in
    56  the name of such depositor, when required to be  secured  by  applicable

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     1  law,  decree  or  regulation  and  to  exercise  the powers contained in
     2  section ninety-six-b of this chapter.
     3    §  9. 1. The department of financial services is hereby authorized and
     4  directed to study  and  issue  a  public  report  with  recommendations,
     5  concerning  the impact of allowing credit unions, savings banks, savings
     6  and loan associations or federal savings associations  to  accept  local
     7  government  public  deposits. This report shall be prepared in consulta-
     8  tion with  stakeholders,  including  local  governments,  banks,  credit
     9  unions, savings banks, savings and loan associations and federal savings
    10  associations.
    11    2.  On  or  before  January  1,  2025, the superintendent of financial
    12  services shall submit to the governor, the temporary  president  of  the
    13  senate,  the  speaker  of the assembly, the chair of the senate standing
    14  committee on banks, and the chair of the assembly standing committee  on
    15  banks,  a  written  report detailing the findings and recommendations on
    16  the department's study performed in accordance with subdivision  one  of
    17  this section. The superintendent shall use reasonable efforts to identi-
    18  fy  any  impacts  by  expanding  the  financial institutions eligible to
    19  accept municipal deposits and shall include the following information in
    20  the report:
    21    (a) An analysis of deposits held in banks including the  size  of  the
    22  bank's  assets,  location of banks, type of bank charter, changes in the
    23  amount of commercial bank held deposits from the effective date  of  the
    24  chapter  of  the laws of 2019 that added this section and overall impact
    25  on banking industry, in particular small community banks.
    26    (b) The growth of municipal deposits held in  credit  unions,  savings
    27  banks,  savings  and  loan  associations or federal savings associations
    28  after the effective date of the chapter of the laws of 2019  that  added
    29  this section.
    30    §  10. Section 86 of the banking law, as amended by chapter 274 of the
    31  laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows:
    32    § 86. Eligibility. 1. For the  purposes  of  this  article,  the  term
    33  "community bank institution" shall mean any state or federally chartered
    34  banking  institution  and shall include any bank, trust company, savings
    35  bank or savings and loan association with less than ten billion  dollars
    36  in  assets  that  is  headquartered  in this state and whose predominant
    37  retail and commercial banking operations serve residents and  businesses
    38  of  this  state,  as determined by the superintendent in his or her sole
    39  discretion and pursuant to such rules and regulations as the superinten-
    40  dent deems necessary to implement and administer these provisions.
    41    2. To be eligible to receive deposits, or to renew  existing  deposits
    42  under  this program[, a bank, trust company, savings bank or savings and
    43  loan association: (a) must be chartered under  the  provisions  of  this
    44  chapter and (b)] a community bank institution:
    45    (a)  must  have  a  current  CRA rating of satisfactory or better. The
    46  superintendent shall, if requested  by  the  state  comptroller  or  the
    47  commissioner of taxation and finance, confirm whether a particular bank-
    48  ing institution meets the criteria specified in this section; and
    49    (b)  meet  any  additional criteria established by the comptroller and
    50  the commissioner of taxation and finance to  determine  eligibility  for
    51  participation in the program. Such criteria may include an institution's
    52  loan  to  deposit  ratio,  its record of small business lending, and the
    53  impact such deposits would have on an area's economic activity.
    54    [2. A federal bank, trust company, savings bank or  savings  and  loan
    55  association may also be eligible to receive deposits, or to renew exist-
    56  ing deposits, under this program if: (a) its principal office is located

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     1  in  this  state;  (b)  it  has  a  current CRA rating of satisfactory or
     2  better; and (c) it meets any  additional  criteria  established  by  the
     3  comptroller  and  the  commissioner of taxation and finance to determine
     4  eligibility  for participation in the program. Such criteria may include
     5  an institution's loan to deposit ratio, its  record  of  small  business
     6  lending,  and  the impact such deposits would have on an area's economic
     7  activity.]
     8    § 11. Section 87 of the banking law, as amended by chapter 274 of  the
     9  laws  of  2007,  subdivision  2 as amended by chapter 495 of the laws of
    10  2013, is amended to read as follows:
    11    § 87. Deposits. 1.  Notwithstanding  any  provisions  of  law  to  the
    12  contrary,  the  state  comptroller  and the commissioner of taxation and
    13  finance shall, for the purposes of administering  moneys  in  accordance
    14  with  the  provisions of sections ninety-eight-a and one hundred five of
    15  the state finance law, give consideration to depositing funds into those
    16  community banking institutions which  are  deemed  eligible  to  receive
    17  deposits pursuant to section eighty-six of this article.
    18    2.  The  maximum  amount  of funds which the state comptroller and the
    19  commissioner of taxation and finance  may  deposit  under  this  program
    20  shall  not exceed [two] three hundred [fifty] million dollars each. [The
    21  maximum amount of funds on deposit at a  community  banking  institution
    22  shall not exceed twenty million dollars.]
    23    3.  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, any deposits
    24  made pursuant to this article shall be made at rates, and for such peri-
    25  ods of time, as may be agreed to by the state comptroller or the commis-
    26  sioner of taxation and finance and the eligible community banking insti-
    27  tution.
    28    4. Any deposits made pursuant to this article may  be  secured  by  an
    29  irrevocable letter of credit issued by a federal home loan bank.
    30    5.  The comptroller and the commissioner of taxation and finance shall
    31  annually submit a joint report to the governor, the temporary  president
    32  of  the  senate,  the  speaker  of the assembly, the chair of the senate
    33  finance committee, the chair of the assembly ways and  means  committee,
    34  the  chair  of  the senate standing committee on banks, and the chair of
    35  the assembly standing committee on banks on the efficacy of the communi-
    36  ty bank deposit program, including information on the number  of  quali-
    37  fied  community  banking  institutions,  the number of community banking
    38  institutions which have received deposits, the size of each  participat-
    39  ing  community  bank,  the  number  and  amount of such deposits and the
    40  percentage of total state funds deposited  in  such  institutions  under
    41  this program.
    42    § 12. No municipal deposits held in credit unions by local governments
    43  on  December 31, 2025 shall be required to be withdrawn upon the expira-
    44  tion of this act.
    45    § 13. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after  it  shall
    46  have  become  a  law;  provided that sections two, three, four, five and
    47  nine of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2025.
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