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H.R. 3978: TRID Improvement Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 15, 2018 (Referred to Senate Committee).


IIB

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3978

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 15, 2018

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

AN ACT

To amend the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to modify requirements related to mortgage disclosures, and for other purposes.


1.

Table of contents

The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Table of contents.

Sec. 2. Securities and Exchange Commission Reserve Fund.

Title I—TRID Improvement

Sec. 101. Amendments to mortgage disclosure requirements.

Title II—Protection of Source Code

Sec. 201. Procedure for obtaining certain intellectual property.

Title III—Fostering Innovation

Sec. 301. Temporary exemption for low-revenue issuers.

Title IV—National Securities Exchange Regulatory Parity

Sec. 401. Nationally traded securities exemption.

Title V—Eliminating barriers to jobs for loan originators

Sec. 501. Eliminating barriers to jobs for loan originators.

Sec. 502. Amendment to civil liability of the Bureau and other officials.

Sec. 503. Effective date.

2.

Securities and Exchange Commission Reserve Fund

Notwithstanding section 4(i)(2)(B)(i) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78d(i)(2)(B)(i)), the amount deposited in the Securities and Exchange Commission Reserve Fund for fiscal year 2018 may not exceed $48,000,000.

I

TRID Improvement

101.

Amendments to mortgage disclosure requirements

Section 4(a) of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 (12 U.S.C. 2603(a)) is amended—

(1)

by striking itemize all charges and inserting itemize all actual charges;

(2)

by striking and all charges imposed upon the seller in connection with the settlement and and inserting and the seller in connection with the settlement. Such forms; and

(3)

by inserting after or both. the following new sentence: Charges for any title insurance premium disclosed on such forms shall be equal to the amount charged for each individual title insurance policy, subject to any discounts as required by State regulation or the title company rate filings..

II

Protection of Source Code

201.

Procedure for obtaining certain intellectual property

(a)

Persons under Securities Act of 1933

Section 8 of the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77h) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(g)

Procedure for obtaining certain intellectual property

The Commission is not authorized to compel under this title a person to produce or furnish algorithmic trading source code or similar intellectual property that forms the basis for design of the algorithmic trading source code, to the Commission unless the Commission first issues a subpoena.

.

(b)

Persons under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Section 23 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78w) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(e)

Procedure for obtaining certain intellectual property

The Commission is not authorized to compel under this title a person to produce or furnish algorithmic trading source code or similar intellectual property that forms the basis for design of the algorithmic trading source code, to the Commission unless the Commission first issues a subpoena.

.

(c)

Investment Companies

Section 31 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a–30) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(e)

Procedure for obtaining certain intellectual property

The Commission is not authorized to compel under this title an investment company to produce or furnish algorithmic trading source code or similar intellectual property that forms the basis for design of the algorithmic trading source code, to the Commission unless the Commission first issues a subpoena.

.

(d)

Investment Advisers

Section 204 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80b–4) is amended—

(1)

by adding at the end the following:

(f)

Procedure for obtaining certain intellectual property

The Commission is not authorized to compel under this title an investment adviser to produce or furnish algorithmic trading source code or similar intellectual property that forms the basis for design of the algorithmic trading source code, to the Commission unless the Commission first issues a subpoena.

; and

(2)

in the second subsection (d), by striking (d) and inserting (e).

III

Fostering Innovation

301.

Temporary exemption for low-revenue issuers

Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (15 U.S.C. 7262) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(d)

Temporary exemption for low-Revenue issuers

(1)

Low-revenue exemption

Subsection (b) shall not apply with respect to an audit report prepared for an issuer that—

(A)

ceased to be an emerging growth company on the last day of the fiscal year of the issuer following the fifth anniversary of the date of the first sale of common equity securities of the issuer pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933;

(B)

had average annual gross revenues of less than $50,000,000 as of its most recently completed fiscal year; and

(C)

is not a large accelerated filer.

(2)

Expiration of temporary exemption

An issuer ceases to be eligible for the exemption described under paragraph (1) at the earliest of—

(A)

the last day of the fiscal year of the issuer following the tenth anniversary of the date of the first sale of common equity securities of the issuer pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933;

(B)

the last day of the fiscal year of the issuer during which the average annual gross revenues of the issuer exceed $50,000,000; or

(C)

the date on which the issuer becomes a large accelerated filer.

(3)

Definitions

For purposes of this subsection:

(A)

Average annual gross revenues

The term average annual gross revenues means the total gross revenues of an issuer over its most recently completed three fiscal years divided by three.

(B)

Emerging growth company

The term emerging growth company has the meaning given such term under section 3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78c).

(C)

Large accelerated filer

The term large accelerated filer has the meaning given that term under section 240.12b–2 of title 17, Code of Federal Regulations, or any successor thereto.

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IV

National Securities Exchange Regulatory Parity

401.

Nationally traded securities exemption

Section 18(b)(1) of the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77r(b)(1)) is amended—

(1)

by striking subparagraph (A);

(2)

in subparagraph (B)—

(A)

by inserting a security designated as qualified for trading in the national market system pursuant to section 11A(a)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that is before listed; and

(B)

by striking that has listing standards that the Commission determines by rule (on its own initiative or on the basis of a petition) are substantially similar to the listing standards applicable to securities described in subparagraph (A);

(3)

in subparagraph (C), by striking or (B); and

(4)

by redesignating subparagraphs (B) and (C) as subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively.

V

Eliminating barriers to jobs for loan originators

501.

Eliminating barriers to jobs for loan originators

(a)

In general

The S.A.F.E. Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 (12 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

1518.

Employment transition of loan originators

(a)

Temporary authority To originate loans for loan originators moving from a depository institution to a non-Depository institution

(1)

In general

Upon employment by a State-licensed mortgage company, an individual who is a registered loan originator shall be deemed to have temporary authority to act as a loan originator in an application State for the period described in paragraph (2) if the individual—

(A)

has not had an application for a loan originator license denied, or had such a license revoked or suspended in any governmental jurisdiction;

(B)

has not been subject to or served with a cease and desist order in any governmental jurisdiction or as described in section 1514(c);

(C)

has not been convicted of a felony that would preclude licensure under the law of the application State;

(D)

has submitted an application to be a State-licensed loan originator in the application State; and

(E)

was registered in the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry as a loan originator during the 12-month period preceding the date of submission of the information required under section 1505(a).

(2)

Period

The period described in paragraph (1) shall begin on the date that the individual submits the information required under section 1505(a) and shall end on the earliest of—

(A)

the date that the individual withdraws the application to be a State-licensed loan originator in the application State;

(B)

the date that the application State denies, or issues a notice of intent to deny, the application;

(C)

the date that the application State grants a State license; or

(D)

the date that is 120 days after the date on which the individual submits the application, if the application is listed on the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry as incomplete.

(b)

Temporary authority To originate loans for State-Licensed loan originators moving interstate

(1)

In general

A State-licensed loan originator shall be deemed to have temporary authority to act as a loan originator in an application State for the period described in paragraph (2) if the State-licensed loan originator—

(A)

meets the requirements of subparagraphs (A), (B), (C), and (D) of subsection (a)(1);

(B)

is employed by a State-licensed mortgage company in the application State; and

(C)

was licensed in a State that is not the application State during the 30-day period preceding the date of submission of the information required under section 1505(a) in connection with the application submitted to the application State.

(2)

Period

The period described in paragraph (1) shall begin on the date that the State-licensed loan originator submits the information required under section 1505(a) in connection with the application submitted to the application State and end on the earliest of—

(A)

the date that the State-licensed loan originator withdraws the application to be a State-licensed loan originator in the application State;

(B)

the date that the application State denies, or issues a notice of intent to deny, the application;

(C)

the date that the application State grants a State license; or

(D)

the date that is 120 days after the date on which the State-licensed loan originator submits the application, if the application is listed on the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry as incomplete.

(c)

Applicability

(1)

Any person employing an individual who is deemed to have temporary authority to act as a loan originator in an application State pursuant to this section shall be subject to the requirements of this title and to applicable State law to the same extent as if such individual was a State-licensed loan originator licensed by the application State.

(2)

Any individual who is deemed to have temporary authority to act as a loan originator in an application State pursuant to this section and who engages in residential mortgage loan origination activities shall be subject to the requirements of this title and to applicable State law to the same extent as if such individual was a State-licensed loan originator licensed by the application State.

(d)

Definitions

In this section, the following definitions shall apply:

(1)

State-licensed mortgage company

The term State-licensed mortgage company means an entity licensed or registered under the law of any State to engage in residential mortgage loan origination and processing activities.

(2)

Application State

The term application State means a State in which a registered loan originator or a State-licensed loan originator seeks to be licensed.

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(b)

Table of contents amendment

The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (42 U.S.C. 4501 note) is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1517 the following:

Sec. 1518. Employment transition of loan originators.

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502.

Amendment to civil liability of the Bureau and other officials

Section 1513 of the S.A.F.E. Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 (12 U.S.C. 5112) is amended by striking are loan originators or are applying for licensing or registration as loan originators. and inserting have applied, are applying, or are currently licensed or registered through the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry. The previous sentence shall only apply to persons in an industry with respect to which persons were licensed or registered through the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry on the date of the enactment of this sentence..

503.

Effective date

This title and the amendments made by this title shall take effect on the date that is 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act.

Passed the House of Representatives February 14, 2018.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk