Summary of the Introduced Bill

HB 738 -- Small Loans

Sponsor:  Liese

This bill amends various laws dealing with small consumer credit
loans and title loans.  In its main provisions, the bill:

(1)  Redefines "consumer credit loans" to mean loans for
personal, family, or household uses that are made in amounts of
$500 or more.  The loans are also often referred to as "small

(2)  Allows consumer credit lenders to renew their licenses by
posting a surety bond or an irrevocable letter of credit for
$100,000, in lieu of conducting the annual audit otherwise
required by law;

(3)  Removes personal dwellings from the definition of "titled
personal property" for purposes of determining property eligible
to be collateral for title loans;

(4)  Clarifies that all information submitted by a title lender
to the Division of Finance is confidential;

(5)  Requires title lenders to be licensed by the division.
Current law only requires title lenders to be registered;

(6)  Removes the residency requirement for title lenders;

(7)  Requires a $20,000 surety bond or irrevocable letter of
credit from all title lenders seeking licensure;

(8)  Eliminates the requirement that a title loan borrower must
pay fees upon renewal of any title loan agreement;

(9)  Requires title loan borrowers to reduce the principal of
the loan by 10% of the total principal upon the third renewal or
any renewal subsequent to the third renewal.  Current law only
requires a principal reduction of 10% of the original principal;

(10)  Provides title loan borrowers with the same notice and
opportunity to cure defaults that is provided to other borrowers
and eliminates the existing requirement whereby title loan
borrowers are required to deliver the property described in the
loan to the borrower at the end of the first loan period;

(11)  Allows title lenders to charge only those interests and
fees allowed to other small loan lenders.  Small loan lenders
may charge any interest agreed to by the parties, but may only
charge fees on the initial loan contract, and those fees cannot
exceed 5% of the principal or $50, whichever is less;

(12)  Requires certain additional disclosures and forms for all
title loans, including informational notices to borrowers, the
potential consequences of default, and the maximum rates charged
by the lender;

(13)  Mandates that title lenders keep records on the loans and
notices given to their customers for at least 2 years;

(14)  Requires all title lenders to be examined by the Division
of Finance prior to ceasing business;

(15)  Limits title lenders to the same procedures for collection
on defaulted loans as is provided for other small lenders;

(16)  Establishes penalties for title lenders who violate the
provisions of the bill, including license suspension or
revocation, civil penalties of up to $1,000 per day, or cease
and desist orders;

(17)  Makes all lenders in the business of making unsecured
loans under $500, with exceptions for certain types of loans,
comply with the same bonding, principal reduction, notice and
opportunity to cure, interest and fee limitations, disclosures
and forms, record-keeping, examination, default collection, and
penalty provisions that are applied to title lenders throughout
the bill, except that the principal reduction requirements for
lenders making unsecured loans under $500 do not apply until the
fifth renewal;

(18)  Defines "consumer installment lender" and "consumer
installment loan" to mean loans, and persons making such loans,
of any amount that are paid in installments of no less than 4
installments over no less than 120 days; and

(19)  Requires consumer installment lenders to be licensed and
to follow the notice, opportunity to cure, and collection
procedures established for other lenders.

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