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Legislative Sessions Underway in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento
by Kevin Gould, SVP/Director of Government Relations

At the federal level, Congress is in and we are seeing the re-introduction of several measures from the prior Congressional session that are impactful to the banking industry. One important factor that distinguishes this session compared to the prior is that Democrats have taken control of the Senate while maintaining a narrower margin in the House of Representatives. This could have implications on measures important to our industry. 

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CBA Responds to AB 1177, the California Public Banking Option Act

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Bankers Association (CBA), issued the following statement in response to today’s press conference supporting AB 1177:

“Here we go again with the annual introduction of yet another bill seeking to introduce public banking to California. Despite voter rejection of the idea at the polls and public opinion polling indicating Californians’ opposition to the concept, advocates are nonetheless back pushing an idea with limited support.

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California Banks & COVID Relief Efforts

Since the beginning of this pandemic, California’s banks have been outreaching and working proactively with customers to minimize the adverse financial effects of this crisis. Beyond the proactive efforts by individual banks and the work they have been doing to implement and deploy relief made available through state and federal programs, we continue to encourage customers experiencing hardships to reach out early and immediately to their financial institution given their unique personal financial situation.

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CBA Submits Comment Letter on Definition of a Depository Institution

CBA has previously provided comments on this matter on January 22, 2019, and again on September 9, 2019. CBA strongly reiterates its position that subsidiaries, affiliates and entities otherwise related to depository institutions, which are engaged in the business of commercial lending under federal regulatory oversight should be exempted from application of the proposed regulations in the same manner that depository institutions are exempted. 

 

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CBA Submits Comment Letter on Brokered Deposits

Our letter provides comments on the proposed revisions to the Brokered Deposits Restrictions regulation promulgated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

While we are generally supportive of the efforts to modernize these regulations, we do believe that some aspects of the proposal should be clarified to avoid ambiguity and unintended consequences.  

Click here to view our letter.

 

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Calif. Banks Met With Frustration as PPP 2.0 Launches

Steve Andrews, president and CEO of the Western Bankers Association, issued the following statement regarding today’s re-opening of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program:

“California banks worked throughout the weekend to prepare for the re-opening of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) platform where Paycheck Protection Program loan applications must be submitted. Banks were hoping that the glitches that challenged the system during the first round of funding would be resolved.

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Californians Without a Bank Account Encouraged to Explore Options in Advance of Stimulus Check Disbursement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  Eligible Californians are expected to soon be receiving federal stimulus benefits, as part of the coronavirus economic relief package passed recently by Congress. Known as economic impact payments, it is estimated that this relief will bring $25 to $30 billion in funds to Californians who are struggling during these challenging times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CBA Submits CRA Modernization Comment Letter

CBA submitted comments this week to The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on a proposed rule to modernize the Community Reinvestment Act. The proposed rule focuses on improvement in the areas of qualifying activities, assessment areas, performance standards, and data collection.

We also have worked with the American Bankers Association (ABA) on a joint comment letter regarding the proposed regulations.  

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The California Bankers Association Announces California Industry Response to Coronavirus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Bankers Association (CBA) released the following statement regarding the California banking industry’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

“California banks are actively monitoring the latest reports from the Center for Disease Control and taking numerous precautions to help ensure the safety of their customers and employees. Banks have well-developed business continuity plans and are prepared and ready to help their customers in this time of need.

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CFPB finalizes policy statement regarding “Abusive” Practices under UDAAP

Last Friday, CFPB issued a policy statement clarifying what constitutes “abusive” conduct for purposes of supervision and enforcement under Unfair Deceptive or Abusive Acts or Practices as compared to conduct that is unfair or deceptive.  The policy is effective immediately.  In determining whether an act or practice is  “abusive” under UDAAP, the CFPB will consider whether the harm outweighs the benefits to consumers.  In addition, the CFPB will generally avoid alleging that an act or practice that meets the unfairness or deceptive standard would also trigger a violatio

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Ask Your Lawmaker to Co-Sponsor Important Legislation to Delay the Implementation of CECL
TAKE ACTION!

The Financial Accounting Standard Board’s new Current Expected Credit Loss standard poses significant operational challenges for the banking industry. CECL, which goes into effect January 2020 for some banks and later for others, will change the economics of lending and the unintended consequences are likely to result in changes to credit availability, product mix and cost of credit, particularly for consumers and small businesses. CECL will change the way your bank accounts for credit/loan losses.