Senate unanimously passes Michigan Credit Union Act update
LANSING, MI (May 18, 2016) — It’s a good day for Michigan credit unions. With a vote of 37 – 0, the State Senate passed a six-bill package that will modernize the Michigan Credit Union Act (MCUA) for the first time since 2003.
“The bills will have a positive impact on Michigan credit unions’ daily operations by removing regulatory hurdles that will better allow them to serve the state’s 4.8 million credit union members,” MCUL EVP/COO Ken Ross said. “Michigan credit unions should be applauded for their vigorous, grassroots advocacy which resulted in real results for the industry.”
The package of bills amends the state charter in dozens of ways, including:
- Authorizing credit unions to offer Trust services through a CUSO
- Eliminating the cap on fixed assets for strongly capitalized credit unions
- Protecting against enforcement of examiner “best practices”
- Creating the Credit Union Regulatory Fund, which protects state exam fees
- Allowing the ability to offer loan promotions and provide prize incentives for refinancing loans
- Reducing the number of required board meetings to 6 times a year
- Allowing anyone to serve as a co-signer, co-borrower or guarantor of a loan
- Permitting pre-payment penalties for commercial loans
The bills will now move back to the State House for concurrence. The original MCUA package was easily approved by the house.
Governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign the bills into law by mid-June. The amendments will go into effect 90 days later.
About Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates
Organized in 1934, the Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates [mcul.org] (MCUL) is a trade association representing Michigan’s credit unions. Based in Lansing, Michigan, MCUL works to strengthen the credit union community and its image by providing advocacy on important issues, coordinating cooperative initiatives and by providing high-quality solutions that help credit unions succeed and enrich the lives of their members.