Board elections; charitable donation accounts, amendments to chs 12, 17
CREDIT UNION DIVISION
Notice of Intended Action
Proposing rule making related to board membership and investment and deposit activities and providing an opportunity for public comment
The Credit Union Division hereby proposes to amend Chapter 12, "Votes of the Membership," and Chapter 17, "Investment and Deposit Activities for Credit Unions," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 533.107(6).
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code sections 533.203, 533.205(7), 533.301(5), and 533.301(25).
Purpose and Summary
The amendments in Chapter 12 reflect modifications to the board-of-directors nomination process allowing for nomination notification by newsletter and include a reduction in the number of days required before the close of balloting to allow for more time for ballots to be submitted prior to the annual meeting. The amendments in Chapter 17 reflect recent changes made to permissible investments for federal credit unions which Iowa is adopting for its state-chartered credit unions with respect to charitable donation accounts and bank notes.
These proposed amendments were approved by the Credit Union Review Board on December 5, 2017.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
The proposed amendments do not contain any new conditions for waiver. Waivers are subject to the show-cause procedure contained in 189—17.20(533) and to the process outlined in 189—Chapter 23.
Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Division no later than 4:30 p.m.on February 20, 2018. Comments should be directed to:
Credit Union Division
200 East Grand Avenue, Suite 370
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1827
No public hearing is scheduled at this time. An oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, an agency, or an association of 25 or more persons as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b."
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
The following rule-making actions are proposed:
Item 1. Adopt the following new subrule 12.2(5):
12.2(5) Nomination notification by newsletter. The board of directors may determine that the entire credit union membership will be notified via newsletter of the opportunity to nominate an individual for the board of directors.
a. If the membership is notified of nominations via newsletter at least 90 days before the annual meeting, the secretary shall:
(1)Send the newsletter to the entire membership and indicate a physical location or email address where nominations can be sent;
(2)Indicate in the notice that there will be no nominations from the floor at the annual meeting; and
(3)Indicate in the notice that the nominating committee will vet the candidates and present a list of the eligible candidates prior to the voting period.
Item 2. Amend subparagraph 12.3(3)"d"(1) as follows:
(1)The close of balloting for ballots submitted other than in person during voting at the annual meeting shall be at least five two days prior to any meeting where voting will occur.
Item 3. Amend paragraph 17.14(6)"e" as follows:
e. Bank notes with original weighted average maturities of less than 5 five years.
Item 4. Adopt the following new subrule 17.14(12):
17.14(12) Charitable donation accounts. An Iowa-chartered credit union may apply to the superintendent for authorization to fund a charitable donation account (CDA) as approved by the National Credit Union Administration. The request to the superintendent should address the items listed in 17.19(2)"a" to "c."
a. If the superintendent grants the request, the CDA must satisfy all of the conditions in 12 CFR 721.3(b)(2)(i) to (vii), including but not limited to the following:
(1)The book value of investments in all CDAs in the aggregate must be limited to 5 percent of a credit union's net worth at all times as measured at every call report.
(2)The assets must be held in a segregated custodial account and be specifically identified as a CDA.
(3)If a trust is chosen as the vehicle for the CDA, the trustee must be regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), another federal regulatory agency, or a state regulatory agency. A regulated trustee or other person or entity that is authorized to make investment decisions for a CDA, other than the credit union itself, must be either a registered investment adviser or regulated by the OCC.
(4)The parties to the CDA, typically the funding credit union and trustee or other manager of the account, must document the terms and conditions controlling the account in a written agreement. The terms of the agreement must be consistent with the federal rule. The credit union's board of directors must adopt written policies governing the creation, funding, and management of the CDA that are consistent with the federal rule, must review the policies annually, and may amend them from time to time. Charitable contributions and donations can only be made to organizations that are exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
(5)Credit unions utilizing CDAs are required to distribute 51 percent of the total return on investment to one or more qualified charities no less frequently than every five years.
b. CDAs are investments that carry risk. It is expected that any credit union that makes this type of investment will conduct the necessary due diligence and retain the due diligence documentation for examiner review. The board must also document the investment strategies and risk tolerances and must account for the CDA in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
Item 5. Adopt the following new rule 189—17.21(533):
189—17.21(533) Director, officer, or employee overdraft. A state credit union may pay an overdraft of a director, officer, or employee of the state credit union on an account at the state credit union when the payment of funds is made in accordance with any of the following:
1. A written, preauthorized, interest-bearing extension of credit plan that specifies a method of repayment.
2. A written, preauthorized transfer of collected funds from another account of the account holder at the state credit union.
3. The overdraft is paid pursuant to an overdraft protection plan or courtesy pay program. Such payment is limited to one time per quarter, and the overdraft shall last no longer than ten days.
This rule is intended to implement Iowa Code section 533.205(7).