Skip to Navigation | Skip to Main Content | Skip to Site Map | Mobile Site

Senate Tracker: Sign Up | Login

The Florida Senate

CS/SB 1680 — Financial Institutions

by Rules Committee and Senator Gruters

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Banking and Insurance Committee (BI)

The bill makes a number of revisions to Florida law relating to financial institutions. The bill:

  • Allows foreign nationals proposing to own 10 percent or more of any class of voting securities of a proposed or established bank to appear by video during the public hearing considering approval of the application;
  • Revises the required scheduling dates for examination of financial institutions;
  • Allows the Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) 90 additional days to meet its statutory obligation to periodically examine a financial institution when a federal agency suspends or cancels a previously scheduled examination;
  • Changes from “all or substantially all” assets to 50 percent of assets, liabilities, or a combination of assets and liabilities, the limit of assets that a mutual financial institution may sell to a stock financial institution, absent first converting to a capital stock financial institution;
  • Revises the definition of “financial institution” for the Florida Control of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in Financial Institutions Act;
  • Requires credit unions, within 30 days following a meeting where any director, officer, member of the supervisory or audit committee, member of the credit committee, or credit manager is elected or appointed, to notify the OFR;
  • Revises the scope of the OFR’s investigation of applicants seeking authority to start a bank or trust company to include the need for bank and trust facilities in a target market as well as in the primary service area, and the ability of the target market to support the proposed bank or trust company;
  • Revises a requirement that the proposed president or chief executive officer of a proposed banking corporation have at least one year of direct experience as an executive officer, director, or regulator of a financial institution within the last five years to allow the OFR to waive the five-year requirement after considering specified factors;
  • Requires persons acquiring a controlling interest in a state bank or state trust company through probate or trust notify the OFR within 90 days after acquiring such interest;
  • Defines a “de novo branch” for the purposes of an existing de novo interstate branching provision;
  • Authorizes a family trust company, licensed family trust company, or foreign licensed family trust company to maintain the deposit account, required under current law, with any bank that is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or with any credit union insured by the National Credit Union Administration, either of which must be located within the United States;
  • Revises when family trust companies, licensed family trust companies, or foreign licensed family trust companies must file a required annual renewal application;
  • Allows international bank agencies and international branches to maintain a required deposit in banks outside of Florida, provided the deposit is in a bank within the United States; and
  • Requires qualified limited service affiliates to suspend otherwise permissible activities if the jurisdiction of an international trust entity served by the qualified limited service affiliate is identified on the Financial Action Task Force’s list of High-Risk Jurisdictions subject to a Call for Action (black list) or on the list of Jurisdictions Under Increased Monitoring (grey list).

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2022.

Vote: Senate 38-0; House 112-0