§ 796 Definitions.
As used in this subchapter:
(1) "Affiliate" has the meaning specified in § 2(k) of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended, 12 U.S.C. § 1841(k).
(2) "Branch office" has the meaning specified in § 770 of this chapter and also includes a foreign branch office as specified in § 771 of this chapter.
(3) "Insured depository institution" has the meaning specified in 12 U.S.C. § 1813(c).
§ 796A Authorized agency activities.
(a) Any bank may, upon compliance with the requirements of this section, agree to receive deposits, renew time deposits, close loans, service loans, receive payments on loans and other obligations, and perform such other services as may receive the prior approval of the Commissioner as an agent for any affiliated insured depository institution. For purposes of this subsection: The term "receive deposits" means the taking of deposits to be credited to an existing account and is not meant to include the opening or origination of new deposit accounts at an affiliated institution by the agent institution; the term "service loans" means that agent banks may perform ministerial functions for the principal bank making a loan, including such activities as providing loan applications, assembling documents, providing a location for returning documents necessary for making the loan, providing loan account information (such as outstanding loan balances) and receiving payments, but not including such loan functions as evaluating applications or disbursing loan funds; and the term "close loans" does not include the making of a decision to extend credit or the extension of credit.
(b) A bank that proposes to enter into an agency agreement under this section shall file with the Commissioner, at least 30 days before the effective date of the agreement:
(1) A notice of intention to enter into an agency agreement with an affiliated insured depository institution;
(2) A description of the services proposed to be performed under the agency agreement; and
(3) A copy of the agency agreement.
(c) If any proposed service is not specifically designated in subsection (a) of this section, and has not previously been approved in a regulation issued by the Commissioner, the Commissioner shall decide whether to approve the offering of such service within 30 days after receipt of the notice required by subsection (b); provided, that if the Commissioner requests additional information after reviewing such notice, the time limit for the Commissioner's decision shall be 30 days after receiving such additional information. In deciding whether to approve, either by regulation or order, any proposed service that is not specifically designated in subsection (a), the Commissioner shall consider whether such service would be consistent with applicable federal and State law and the safety and soundness of the principal and agent institutions. The Commissioner shall give appropriate notice to the public of each approval, by regulation or order, of any proposed service pursuant to this subsection (c).
(d) Any proposed service subject to subsection (c) shall be deemed approved if the Commissioner takes no action on the notice required by subsection (b) within the time limits specified in subsection (c).
(e) A bank may not under an agency agreement:
(1) Conduct any activity as an agent that it would be prohibited from conducting as a principal under applicable state or federal law; or
(2) Have an agent conduct any activity that the bank as principal would be prohibited from conducting under applicable state or federal law.
(f) The Commissioner may order a bank or any other institution subject to the Commissioner's enforcement powers to cease acting as an agent or principal under any agency agreement that the Commissioner finds to be inconsistent with safe and sound banking practices.
(g) Notwithstanding any other provision of the law of this State, a bank acting as an agent for an affiliated insured depository institution in accordance with this section shall not be considered to be a branch office of that institution.
§ 796B Regulations.
The Commissioner may promulgate regulations to carry out the responsibilities under this subchapter.