TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2016
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to A community state bank.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The Hawaii Revised Statutes is amended by adding a new chapter to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
community state BANK
§ -1 Community state bank; established. (a) The community state bank shall be established.
(b) The purposes of the bank shall be to:
(1) Offer low-interest loans under $10,000 to only individuals who are refused financing by financial institutions regulated under chapter 412; and
(2) Require, as a condition for financing under this chapter, those individuals only as described under paragraph (1) to develop minimal levels of financial literacy.
§ -2 Board of the community state bank; powers and duties. (a) The board of the community state bank shall operate, manage, and control the bank. The board shall locate and maintain places of business of the bank and adopt and enforce rules, orders, and bylaws for the transaction of the bank's business.
(b) The board shall consist of the governor, the director of finance, the director of labor and industrial relations, the director of business, economic development, and tourism, and the director of commerce and consumer affairs. The powers of the board and the functions of the bank shall be implemented through actions taken and policies and rules adopted by the board.
(c) The governor shall act as chairperson of the board. The board shall adopt rules requiring the holding of regular meetings and specifying the means for providing notice of the meetings.
(d) Three members of the board shall constitute a quorum to transact business and exercise all rights, duties, and powers of the board.
(e) A special meeting may be called at any time upon notice by the governor or by a majority of the members of the board.
(f) The board shall appoint a president of the bank. The person appointed as president shall have extensive experience in banking. The board may appoint and employ any subordinate officers, employees, and agents as the board considers necessary, and shall define the duties, designate the titles, and fix the compensation of all those persons. The board may designate the president or other officers or employees as its agent in respect to the functions of the bank, subject to the supervision, limitation, and control of the board.
(g) The board may remove and discharge any person appointed in the exercise of the powers granted under this chapter.
§ -3 Advisory board of directors; appointment and duties. (a) To enlist the help of private enterprise and to encourage active exercise of the purposes for which the community state bank was established, the board of the bank shall appoint an advisory board of directors that shall consist of eight members.
(b) The members of the advisory board shall include representatives of the State's financial, business, agricultural, housing, and public labor sectors. At least two members shall be officers of banks, the majority of the stock of which shall be owned by residents of this State.
(c) The board of the community state bank shall appoint a chairperson, vice-chairperson, and secretary from the advisory board members. The term of office of members of the advisory board of directors shall be set by the board of the bank, but shall not exceed four years.
(d) The advisory board shall:
(1) Meet regularly with the management officers of the bank to review the bank's operations and finances to determine whether recommendations should be made by the advisory board to the community state bank relating to improved management performance, better customer service, and overall improvement in internal methods, procedures, and operating policies of the bank;
(2) Make recommendations to the board of the community state bank relating to the establishment of additional objectives for the operation of the bank;
(3) Make recommendations to the board of the community state bank concerning the appointment of officers of the community state bank;
(4) Meet regularly with the board of the community state bank to present any recommendations concerning the bank; and
(5) Participate on loan committees.
§ -4 Deposits of public funds. (a) The community state bank may accept deposits of public funds. Except as otherwise provided in section -5, the bank may not accept deposits of private funds. All income earned by the bank for its own account on public funds shall be credited to, and become a part of, the revenues and income of the bank.
(b) Whenever any public funds are deposited in the bank, the official having control of the public funds and the sureties on the bond of the official shall be exempt from all liability by reason of loss of any of the funds while deposited in the bank.
(c) The community state bank shall pay interest on deposits of public funds at a rate comparable to rates paid by private depositories of public funds.
(d) The department of budget and finance shall deposit into the bank moneys from the general fund in an amount that the department of budget and finance determines is necessary to allow the bank to fulfill its duties under this chapter.
§ -5 Powers of the bank. The community state bank may:
(1) Make, purchase, guarantee, or hold loans:
(A) To state chartered or federally chartered lending agencies or institutions or other financial institutions;
(B) That are insured or guaranteed in whole or in part by the United States, its agencies, or instrumentalities;
(C) Obtained as security pledged for, or originated in the restructuring of, any other loan properly originated or participated in by the bank; or
(D) To instrumentalities of the State;
(2) Purchase participation interests in loans made or held by banks, bank holding companies, state chartered or federally chartered lending agencies or institutions, or any other financial institution or entity that provides financial services and meets underwriting standards that are generally accepted by state or federal financial regulatory agencies;
(3) Invest its funds in conformity with policies of the board of the community state bank and the department of budget and finance;
(4) Buy and sell federal funds;
(5) Lease, assign, sell, exchange, transfer, convey, grant, pledge, or mortgage all real and personal property, title to which has been acquired in any manner;
(6) Perform all acts and do all things necessary, convenient, advisable, or desirable to carry out the powers expressly granted or necessarily implied in this chapter through or by means of its president, officers, agents, or employees or by contracts with any person, firm, or corporation;
(7) Purchase, guarantee, or hold loans originated by financial institutions doing business in this State; and
(8) Make low-interest loans of under $10,000 to only individuals who are refused financing by financial institutions regulated under chapter 412, provided that these individuals shall obtain acceptable levels of financial literacy, as determined by the bank.
§ -6 Income; excess earnings. Except as otherwise provided, as soon as possible after the end of each calendar year, the board of the community state bank shall determine the amount of income, if any, earned by the community state bank in that calendar year that is in excess of amounts necessary to pay for expenses of administering the activities of the bank. The amount of the excess shall be transferred to the general fund.
§ -7 Rulemaking powers. (a) The board of the community state bank shall adopt rules to:
(1) Ensure the safety and soundness of the bank that, to the extent possible, reflect applicable standards for safety and soundness set forth in title 12 Code of Federal Regulations part 364;
(2) Specify the bank's powers and permissible investments and activities;
(3) Authorize specific services that the bank may provide;
(4) Specify limits for the low-interest loans of under $10,000 that the bank makes to only individuals who are refused financing by financial institutions that are regulated under chapter 412;
(5) Specify reserve requirements; and
(6) Establish other requirements that the board considers necessary.
(b) The department of commerce and consumer affairs shall examine the bank no less than once each calendar quarter to verify that the bank is complying with the rules that the board of the community state bank adopted under subsection (a). The department shall report the results of the examination to the board of the community state bank and to the legislature. The department's report shall be a public record subject to disclosure.
(c) The state auditor shall audit the accounts and financial affairs of the bank no less than once every two years.
§ -8 Deposits; guaranteed by State; exempt from taxation. (a) All deposits in the community state bank shall be guaranteed by the State.
(b) The deposits and any income earned by the community state bank shall not be subject to state or local taxes of any kind.
§ -9 Civil actions. (a) Civil actions may be brought as provided in this section against the State on account of claims for relief asserted to have arisen out of transactions connected with the operation of the community state bank.
(b) In an action brought under this section, the State shall be designated as the State of Hawaii, doing business as the community state bank.
(c) An action brought under this section may be brought in the same manner and shall be subject to the same laws as other civil actions. The action shall be brought in a circuit court in the State.
§ -10 Public officials; exemption from liability. Whenever any public funds are deposited in the community state bank, the public official who deposited the funds and the sureties on any bond of the public official shall be exempt from liability by reason of loss of any of the funds while the funds are deposited in the community state bank.
§ -11 Conduct of business; execution of instruments. (a) All business of the community state bank shall be conducted under the name of the community state bank. Title to property pertaining to the operation of the bank shall be obtained and conveyed in the name of the community state bank, doing business as the community state bank.
(b) Instruments shall be executed in the name of the State of Hawaii. Within the scope of authority granted by the board of the community state bank, the president of the bank may execute instruments on behalf of the bank, including any instrument granting, conveying, or otherwise affecting any interest in or lien upon real or personal property.
(c) Other officers or employees of, and legal counsel to, the bank may execute instruments on behalf of the bank when authorized by the board of the community state bank.
§ -12 Certain records confidential. (a) The following records of the community state bank shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed:
(1) Commercial or financial information of a customer of the bank, whether obtained directly or indirectly, other than routine credit inquiries concerning information that is required to be disclosed in accordance with due legal process;
(2) Internal or interagency memoranda or letters that would not be available by law to a party other than in litigation with the bank; and
(3) Except as provided in section -7, information that is contained in or related to a report of an examination or operating or condition reports prepared by, on behalf of, or for the use of, a state or federal agency responsible for the regulation or supervision of any bank activity.
(b) As used in this section, "customer" means any person that has transacted or is transacting business with, or has used, or is using the services of, the community state bank, or for which the bank has acted or is acting as a fiduciary with respect to trust property."
SECTION 2. Section 38-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending the definition of "depository" to read as follows:
""Depository" includes the community state bank, any federally insured national or state bank, savings and loan association, or financial services loan company; or federal or state credit union insured by the national credit union administration authorized to do business in this State."
SECTION 3. Section 412:1-109, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending the definition of "depository institution" to read as follows:
""Depository institution" means a financial institution that is authorized to accept deposits under its chartering or licensing authority and includes the community state bank, a bank, savings bank, savings and loan association, depository financial services loan company, credit union, or intra-Pacific bank."
SECTION 4. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Financial Institutions; Community State Bank
Establishes the community state bank. Directs the bank to offer low-interest small loans to only individuals who do not otherwise qualify for financing and requires those individuals to achieve financial literacy.
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