SECTION 1. Section 14 of said chapter 167 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the sixth paragraph the following two paragraphs:- If a person is eligible for membership in a credit union on the basis of living in a geographic area specified in the by-laws then the examination of its record of performance under this section shall assess its compliance with community reinvestment throughout the entire geographic area specified in the by-law.
A foreign credit union applying to establish a branch office in the Commonwealth pursuant to section 8A of chapter 171 shall file with the Division of Banks the credit union’s assessment area for compliance with this section or a strategic plan for satisfying its continuing and affirmative obligation to help meet the credit needs of the communities in the Commonwealth it states it will serve.
SECTION 2. Said chapter 171 is hereby further amended by striking out Section 10, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following two sections:– Section 10. The by-laws may be amended at any annual meeting, or at a special meeting called for the purpose, by a majority vote of all of the members present and entitled to vote; provided, however, that the notice of the meeting and of the proposed amendment is given each member in the manner prescribed in said by-laws. No amendment or amendments containing a change in the location or change in name shall become operative until approved in writing by the commissioner.
The by-laws containing the conditions of residence, occupation, or association that qualify persons for membership may be amended by a three-fourths vote of all of the members present and entitled to vote. The membership vote may only be held at the annual meeting; provided, that it may be held at a special meeting called for the purpose of a merger if the membership by-law amendment is a necessary component of the merger, as determined by the commissioner. No such amendment shall become operative until an application is submitted to and approved in writing by the commissioner. The vote of the credit union’s members must occur prior to the submission of an application and a certified copy of the vote shall be submitted with the application. In order to be a valid vote on the amendment to the membership by-law, the number of members voting on the date set for the vote or voting by mail, if authorized in the by-laws, and received by that date must represent five per cent of the total number of members of the credit union as listed in the most recent call report filed with the National Credit Union Administration. It is prohibited for a member to vote by proxy.
Section 10A. A credit union shall establish a written policy that the credit union will follow to verify that a person meets the qualifications for membership. The policy must identify the specific documents the credit union will accept for verification of residency, occupation, association, work location, family relationship or other membership criteria specified in the by-law. For each new member, a credit union shall retain a copy of the document used to verify a person’s qualification for membership. Such documentation shall be maintained and segregated on a calendar quarter and annual basis for review by examiners.
SECTION 3. Section 30 of said chapter 171, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the first paragraph the following paragraph:- It is prohibited for a credit union to receive shares or deposits from a person or entity that is not a member except as authorized by another provision of this chapter other than section 6A: provided that a credit union may receive deposits from the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund; the Massachusetts Credit Union Share Insurance Corporation or another credit union; and provided, further that a credit union may receive deposits to provide non-member monetary instrument services as authorized in applicable regulations.
SECTION 4. Said chapter 171, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 65E, the following section:- Section 65F. It is prohibited for a credit union to make, acquire or participate in loans to organization members if the total amount of such loans outstanding at a credit union at any one time shall exceed the lesser of 1.75 times the actual net worth of the credit union or 12.25% of the assets of the credit union stated in its most recent call report.
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