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HF 990

2nd Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 05/20/2019 10:52am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to financial institutions; adding an exemption to licensing requirements
for residential mortgage originators; providing for conformity with federal truth
in lending requirements; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 58.04,
subdivision 1; 58A.03, subdivision 2.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 58.04, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Residential mortgage originator licensing requirements.

(a) No person
shall act as a residential mortgage originator, or make residential mortgage loans without
first obtaining a license from the commissioner according to the licensing procedures
provided in this chapter.

(b) A licensee must be either a partnership, limited liability partnership, association,
limited liability company, corporation, or other form of business organization, and must
have and maintain a surety bond in the amounts prescribed under section 58.08.

(c) The following persons are exempt from the residential mortgage originator licensing
requirements:

(1) a person who is not in the business of making residential mortgage loans and who
makes no more than three such loans, with its own funds, during any 12-month period;

(2) a financial institution as defined in section 58.02, subdivision 10;

(3) an agency of the federal government, or of a state or municipal government;

(4) an employee or employer pension plan making loans only to its participants;

(5) a person acting in a fiduciary capacity, such as a trustee or receiver, as a result of a
specific order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(6) a person exempted by order of the commissionerdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (7) a manufactured home dealer, as defined in section 327B.01, subdivision 7 or 11b,
or a manufactured home salesperson, as defined in section 327B.01, subdivision 19, that:
new text end

new text begin (i) performs only clerical or support duties in connection with assisting a consumer in
filling out a residential mortgage loan application but does not in any way offer or negotiate
loan terms, or hold themselves out as a housing counselor;
new text end

new text begin (ii) does not receive any direct or indirect compensation or gain from any individual or
company for assisting consumers with a residential mortgage loan application, in excess of
the customary salary or commission from the employer in connection with the sales
transaction; and
new text end

new text begin (iii) discloses to the borrower in writing:
new text end

new text begin (A) if a corporate affiliation with a lender exists;
new text end

new text begin (B) if a corporate affiliation with a lender exists, that the lender cannot guarantee the
lowest or best terms available and the consumer has the right to choose their lender; and
new text end

new text begin (C) if a corporate affiliation with a lender exists, the name of at least one unaffiliated
lender.
new text end

new text begin (d) For the purposes of this subdivision, "housing counselor" means an individual who
provides assistance and guidance about residential mortgage loan terms including rates,
fees, or other costs.
new text end

new text begin (e) The disclosures required under paragraph (c), clause (7), item (iii), must be made on
a one-page form prescribed by the commissioner and developed in consultation with the
Manufactured and Modular Home Association. The form must be posted on the department's
website.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 58A.03, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Exemptions.

new text begin(a)new text end The following are exempt from this chapter:

(1) a registered mortgage loan originator, when acting for an entity described in section
58A.02, subdivision 12, clause (1);

(2) an individual who offers or negotiates terms of a residential mortgage loan with or
on behalf of an immediate family member of the individual;

(3) an individual who offers or negotiates terms of a residential mortgage loan secured
by a dwelling that served as the individual's residence;

(4) a licensed attorney who negotiates the terms of a residential mortgage loan on behalf
of a client as an ancillary matter to the attorney's representation of the client, unless the
attorney is compensated by a lender, a mortgage broker, or other mortgage loan originator
or by any agent of the lender, mortgage broker, or other mortgage loan originator; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(5) an employee of a nonprofit organization exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or a local unit of government, that is not otherwise
engaged in the mortgage loan business, engaged in the financing of housing for low- and
moderate-income households or housing counseling under programs designed specifically
for those purposes, to the extent exempted by the commissioner by rule, advisory ruling,
or interpretation, after taking into consideration any law, rule, advisory ruling, or
interpretation by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Developmentdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (6) an employee of a manufactured home dealer, as defined in section 327B.01,
subdivision 7 or 11b; or an employee of a manufactured home salesperson, as defined in
section 327B.01, subdivision 19; that:
new text end

new text begin (i) performs only clerical or support duties in connection with assisting a consumer in
filling out a residential mortgage loan application but does not in any way offer or negotiate
loan terms, or hold themselves out as a housing counselor;
new text end

new text begin (ii) does not receive any direct or indirect compensation or gain from any individual or
company for assisting consumers with a residential mortgage loan application, in excess of
the customary salary or commission from the employer in connection with the sales
transaction; and
new text end

new text begin (iii) discloses to the borrower in writing:
new text end

new text begin (A) if a corporate affiliation with a lender exists;
new text end

new text begin (B) if a corporate affiliation with a lender exists, that the lender cannot guarantee the
lowest or best terms available and the consumer has the right to choose their lender; and
new text end

new text begin (C) if a corporate affiliation with a lender exists, the name of at least one unaffiliated
lender.
new text end

new text begin (b) For the purposes of this subdivision, "housing counselor" means an individual who
provides assistance and guidance about residential mortgage loan terms including rates,
fees, or other costs.
new text end

new text begin (c) The disclosures required under paragraph (a), clause (6), item (iii), must be made on
a one-page form prescribed by the commissioner and developed in consultation with the
Manufactured and Modular Home Association. The form must be posted on the department's
website.
new text end