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HF 2335

2nd Engrossment - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 04/02/2012 06:26pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to debt collectors; amending procedures for licensure of debt collection
agencies and registration of individual debt collectors; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2010, sections 332.33, subdivisions 7, 8; 332.35.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 332.33, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Notice.

A licensed collection agency deleted text beginor registered individual collectordeleted text end
must give the commissioner written notice of a change in deleted text beginpersonal name,deleted text end company
name, address, or ownership not later than 15 days after the change occurs.new text begin A registered
individual collector must give written notice of a change of address, name, or assumed
name no later than 30 days after the change occurs.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 332.33, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Screening process requirement.

new text begin(a) new text endEach licensed collection agency must
establish procedures to follow when screening an individual collector applicant prior to
submitting an applicant to the commissioner for new text begininitial new text endregistrationnew text begin and at renewalnew text end.

new text begin (b) The screening process for initial registration must be done at the time of hiring.
The process must include a national criminal history record search, an attorney licensing
search, and a county criminal history search for all counties where the applicant has
resided within the five years immediately preceding the initial registration, to determine
whether the applicant is eligible to be registered under section 332.35. Each licensed
collection agency shall use a vendor that is a member of the National Association of
Professional Background Screeners, or an equivalent vendor, to conduct this background
screening process.
new text end

new text begin (c) Screening for renewal of individual collector registration must include a national
criminal history record search and a county criminal history search for all counties where
the individual has resided during the immediate preceding year. Screening for renewal
of individual collector registrations must take place no more than 60 days before the
license expiration or renewal date. A renewal screening is not required if an individual
collector has been subjected to an initial background screening within 12 months of the
first registration renewal date. A renewal screening is required for all subsequent annual
registration renewals.
new text end

new text begin(d) new text endThe commissioner may review the procedures to ensure the integrity of the
screening process. Failure new text beginby a licensed collection agency new text endto establish these procedures
is subject to action under section 332.40.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 332.35, is amended to read:


332.35 PRIOR CONVICTION OR JUDGMENT AS DISQUALIFICATION.

No registration shall be accepted for, and no license shall be issued to, any person,
firm, corporation or association who or which, or any of the officers of which have, within
the past five yearsdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end been convicted in any court of fraud or any felony deleted text beginor have been convicted of
or had judgment entered against them in any court for failure to account to a client
or customer for money or property collected by them for the client or customer. No
registration shall be accepted for, and no license shall be issued to, any attorney whose
license to practice law has been suspended or revoked, for a period of five years after
the date of such suspension or revocation.
deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (2) been convicted of any misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor involving identity
theft or any financial crime;
new text end

new text begin (3) been unable to certify that they have no civil judgments against them for failure
to account to a client or customer for money or property collected by them for the client or
customer. A civil judgment does not disqualify an applicant for registration under this
section, or under section 45.027, subdivision 7, clause (4), unless the civil judgment is for
failure to account to a client or customer for money or property; or
new text end

new text begin (4) had a license to practice law revoked or involuntarily suspended.
new text end