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Michigan Credit Union League

State Issues

2019 ADVOCACY OUTLOOK
TALKING POINTS FOR KEY STATE ISSUES

Below is a list of current state issues.

State Solution for Data Breaches

(Support) Massive data breaches at the national and state levels have impacted hundreds of thousands of credit union members. Michigan credit unions continue to bear the costs of these breaches. While credit unions have been subject to strict federal privacy requirements since 1999, merchants have not been held to the same data standards. Inaction on data breach protections at the federal level has led to MCUL seeking a state solution. Currently, the MCUL is working with interested parties and members of the legislature on data breach notification legislation introduced by Representative Diana Farrington (R-Utica). HB 4186-4187 would require a merchant who has experienced a data breach to provide notification to consumers within a 45-day timeframe. The legislation passed out of the House Financial Services Committee unanimously and is currently awaiting a hearing in House Ways and Means. The government affairs team is also working with members of the Senate to update/clean-up the current governing act—Identity Theft Protection Act.

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Escheats of Military Accounts

(Support) During conversations with multiple credit unions it was brought to our attention that the DOD database does not allow credit unions to see if their members are active duty overseas military members. Verifying status is important in determining when to escheat funds in a dormant account to the state. If a member is active duty overseas military, the credit union is able to hold the funds in a dormant account for an additional 2-year period (5-years total). However, because our credit unions are unable to verify if a member is overseas or not it becomes impossible to determine whether to hold the funds or escheat them to the state. Senator Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte) introduced SB 125 which will remedy this situation and provide for a uniform period of dormancy prior to the escheating of funds for all active duty military regardless of whether they are overseas or stationed stateside. The legislation is currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate committee on Families, Veterans and Seniors.

Michigan Uniform Assignment of Rents Act

(Support) The Michigan Uniform Assignment of Rents Act will provide the framework for the creation, perfection and enforcement of security interests in rents. The legislation applies to transactions in which the credit union is entering into a mortgage with a rental property (residential, commercial or industrial rental). Currently in order to have the right to collect rental income in the event of a default the credit union must contract for this. This legislation would automatically allow this right to collect rental income to any mortgage on rental property. The credit union upon a default by the borrower would only have to file to perfect the security interest and provide notice to the tenant of the borrowers default and the credit unions ability to collect rents. The legislation has been drafted and will be introduced shortly.

E-Recording Process Amendments

(Support) During enactment of e-notarization legislation last session, a separate issue arose related to the recording of electronic documents in those counties that have not yet opted to e-record. MCUL is working with interested parties on creating a pathway for electronic mortgage-related documents to be converted and recorded, or in the alternative, assisting those remaining counties in obtaining the resources they need to become e-capable for recording purposes.

 

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