SB 81 - FINAL VERSION
SENATE BILL 81
SPONSORS: Sen. Innis, Dist 24; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Gannon, Dist 23; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Sanborn, Dist 9; Sen. French, Dist 7; Rep. Butler, Carr. 7; Rep. Murray, Rock. 24; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Biggie, Hills. 23
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
IV-c.(a) The commissioner shall not issue a mortgage loan originator license unless the commissioner makes at a minimum the following findings that the applicant:
(1) Has never had a mortgage loan originator license revoked in any governmental jurisdiction, except that a subsequent formal vacation of such revocation shall not be deemed a revocation; and
(2) Has not been convicted of, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony in a domestic, foreign, or military court:
(A) During the 10-year period preceding the date of the application for licensing and registration; or
(B) At any time preceding the date of such application if such felony involved an act of fraud, dishonesty, theft, or a breach of trust or money laundering; and
(C) Provided that any pardon of a conviction shall not be a conviction for the purposes of this paragraph; and
(3) Has never been convicted of, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony in a domestic, foreign, or military court except that for a felony conviction at a time prior to 10 years preceding the date of such application that did not involve an act of fraud, dishonesty, theft, or a breach of trust or money laundering, the commissioner may allow licensure by rule or order; and
(4) Has never been convicted of, or pled guilty or nolo contendere in a domestic, foreign, or military court to, a misdemeanor involving: financial services or a financial services-related business; any fraud, false statements, or omissions; any theft or wrongful taking of property; bribery; perjury; forgery; counterfeiting; extortion; or a conspiracy to commit any of these offenses except that for such a misdemeanor conviction at a time prior to 10 years preceding the date of such application, the commissioner may allow licensure by rule or order; and
(5) Has demonstrated financial responsibility, character, and general fitness such as to command the confidence of the community and to warrant a determination that the mortgage loan originator will operate honestly, fairly, and efficiently within the purposes of this chapter. For purposes of this subparagraph a person has shown that he or she is not financially responsible when he or she has shown a disregard in the management of his or her own financial condition. A determination that an individual has not shown financial responsibility may include, but not be limited to:
(A) Bankruptcies filed within the previous 10 years;
(B) Current outstanding judgments, except judgments solely as a result of medical expenses;
(C) Current outstanding tax liens or other government liens and filings;
(D) Foreclosures within the previous 3 years;
(E) A pattern of serious delinquent accounts within the past 3 years; and
(6) [Has completed the pre-licensing education requirement described in subparagraph (b); and
(7) Has passed a written test that meets the test requirement described in subparagraph (c); and
(8)] Is covered by a surety bond maintained by the mortgage banker, mortgage servicer, or mortgage broker who employs or retains the originator. The surety bond shall provide coverage for each mortgage loan originator in an amount that reflects the dollar amount of loans originated as determined by the commissioner[.]; and
[(b)(1)] (7) [For purposes of subparagraph (a)(6), a person shall complete] Has completed at least 20 hours of education approved in accordance with subparagraph (c), which shall include at least:
(A) Three hours of federal law and regulations;
(B) Three hours of ethics, which shall include instruction on fraud, consumer protection, and fair lending issues;
(C) Two hours of training related to lending standards for the nontraditional mortgage product marketplace; and
(D) Two hours of New Hampshire mortgage law education if the person did not previously pass a written test specific to New Hampshire mortgage laws; and
(8) Has passed a written test that meets the test requirement described in subparagraph (d).
(b) The commissioner may conditionally approve an application for a mortgage loan originator license if the applicant is currently licensed as a loan originator in another state and has met the requirements of subparagraph (a)(1) through (a)(7)(C). The conditionally approved mortgage loan originator license shall expire after 60 days if the applicant fails to provide the commissioner with proof that the applicant has obtained 2 hours of New Hampshire mortgage law education required by subparagraph (a)(7)(D) and passed a written test as required by subparagraph (a)(8).
[(2)] (c) Pre-licensing education courses shall be reviewed and approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry based upon reasonable standards. Review and approval of a pre-licensing education course shall include review and approval of the course provider. Pre-licensing education may be offered either in a classroom, online, or by any other means approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry. The pre-licensing education requirements approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry for any state shall be accepted as credit towards completion of pre-licensing education requirements in New Hampshire. An individual previously licensed under this chapter subsequent to July 31, 2009 who applies for a new license shall prove that he or she has completed all of the continuing education requirements for the year in which the license was last held.
[(c)](d)(1) For purposes of subparagraph (a)[(7)] (8), an individual shall pass, in accordance with the standards established under this subparagraph, a qualified written test developed by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry and administered by a test provider approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry based upon reasonable standards.
(2) A written test shall not be treated as a qualified written test for purposes of this subparagraph unless the test adequately measures the applicant's knowledge and comprehension in appropriate subject areas, including but not limited to:
(B) Federal law and regulation pertaining to mortgage origination.
(C) State law and regulation pertaining to mortgage origination.
(D) Federal and state law and regulation, including instruction on fraud, consumer protection, the nontraditional mortgage marketplace, and fair lending issues.
(3) Nothing in this paragraph shall prohibit a test provider approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry from providing a test at the location of the employer of the applicant or the location of any subsidiary or affiliate of the employer of the applicant, or the location of any entity with which the applicant holds an exclusive arrangement to conduct the business of a mortgage loan originator.
(4) An individual shall not be considered to have passed a qualified written test unless the individual achieves a test score of not less than 75 percent correct answers to questions. An individual may retake a test 3 consecutive times with each consecutive taking occurring at least 30 days after the preceding test. After failing 3 consecutive tests, an individual shall wait at least 6 months before taking the test again.
(5) A licensed mortgage originator who fails to maintain a valid license for a period of 5 years or longer shall retake the test, not taking into account any time during which such individual is a registered mortgage loan originator.
Approved: June 29, 2017
Effective Date: August 28, 2017
|Jan. 31, 2017||Senate||Hearing|
|Feb. 9, 2017||Senate||Floor Vote|
|May 3, 2017||House||Hearing|
|May 17, 2017||House||Exec Session|
|June 1, 2017||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 19, 2017||Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Commerce; SJ 5|
|Jan. 31, 2017||Hearing: 01/31/2017, Room 100, SH, 01:30 pm; SC 8|
|Feb. 9, 2017||Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 02/09/2017; SC 9|
|Feb. 9, 2017||Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/09/2017; SJ 5|
|Feb. 16, 2017||Introduced 02/16/2017 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs HJ 8 P. 45|
|May 3, 2017||Public Hearing: 05/03/2017 10:00 AM LOB 302|
|May 10, 2017||Subcommittee Work Session: 05/10/2017 01:15 PM LOB 302|
|May 17, 2017||Executive Session: 05/17/2017 11:00 AM LOB 302|
|June 1, 2017||Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 06/01/2017 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 26 P. 6|
|June 1, 2017||Ought to Pass: MA VV 06/01/2017 HJ 17 P. 5|
|June 8, 2017||Enrolled 06/08/2017 HJ 18 P. 9|
|June 8, 2017||Enrolled (In recess 06/08/2017); SJ 20|
|Aug. 28, 2017||Signed by the Governor on 06/29/2017; Chapter 0184; Effective 08/28/2017|