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H.R. 6323 (115th): Senior Security Act of 2018


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 10, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6323

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 10, 2018

(for himself, Mr. Hollingsworth, and Ms. Sinema) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services

A BILL

To create an interdivisional taskforce at the Securities and Exchange Commission for senior investors.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the National Senior Investor Initiative Act of 2018.

2.

Senior Investor Taskforce

Section 4 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78d) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(k)

Senior Investor Taskforce

(1)

Establishment

There is established within the Commission the Senior Investor Taskforce (in this subsection referred to as the Taskforce).

(2)

Director of the Taskforce

The head of the Taskforce shall be the Director, who shall—

(A)

report directly to the Chairman; and

(B)

be appointed by the Chairman, in consultation with the Commission, from among individuals—

(i)

currently employed by the Commission or from outside of the Commission; and

(ii)

having experience in advocating for the interests of senior investors.

(3)

Staffing

The Chairman shall ensure that—

(A)

the Taskforce is staffed sufficiently to carry out fully the requirements of this subsection; and

(B)

such staff shall include individuals from the Division of Enforcement, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, and Office of Investor Education and Advocacy.

(4)

Minimizing duplication of efforts

In organizing and staffing the Taskforce, the Chairman shall take such actions as may be necessary to minimize the duplication of efforts within the divisions and offices described under paragraph (3)(B) and any other divisions, offices, or taskforces of the Commission.

(5)

Functions of the Taskforce

The Taskforce shall—

(A)

identify problems that senior investors have with financial services providers and investment products;

(B)

identify areas in which senior investors would benefit from changes in the regulations of the Commission or the rules of self-regulatory organizations;

(C)

coordinate, as appropriate, with other offices within the Commission, other taskforces that may be established within the Commission, and self-regulatory organizations; and

(D)

consult, as appropriate, with State securities and law enforcement authorities, State insurance regulators, and other Federal agencies.

(6)

Report

The Taskforce, in coordination, as appropriate, with the Office of the Investor Advocate and self-regulatory organizations, and in consultation, as appropriate, with State securities and law enforcement authorities, State insurance regulators, and Federal agencies, shall issue a report every 2 years to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Financial Services of the House of Representatives, the first of which shall not be issued until after the report described in section 3 of the National Senior Investor Initiative Act of 2018 has been issued and considered by the Taskforce, containing—

(A)

appropriate statistical information and full and substantive analysis;

(B)

a summary of recent industry trends that have impacted the investment landscape for senior investors;

(C)

a summary of regulatory initiatives that have concentrated on senior investors and industry practices related to senior investors;

(D)

key observations and practices involving senior investors identified during examinations, enforcement actions, and investor education outreach;

(E)

a summary of the most serious issues encountered by senior investors;

(F)

an analysis with regard to existing policies and procedures of brokers, dealers, investment advisers, and other market participants related to senior investors and senior investor-related topics and whether these policies and procedures need to be further developed or refined;

(G)

recommendations for such changes to the regulations, guidance, and orders of the Commission and such legislative actions as may be appropriate to resolve problems encountered by senior investors; and

(H)

any other information, as determined appropriate by the Director of the Taskforce.

(7)

Sunset

The Taskforce shall terminate after the end of the 10-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this subsection, but may be reestablished by the Chairman.

(8)

Senior investor defined

For purposes of this subsection, the term senior investor means an investor over the age of 65.

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3.

GAO study

(a)

In general

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress and the Senior Investor Taskforce the results of a study on the economic costs of the financial exploitation of senior citizens.

(b)

Contents

The study required under subsection (a) shall include information with respect to—

(1)

costs—

(A)

associated with losses by victims that were incurred as a result of the financial exploitation of senior citizens;

(B)

incurred by State and Federal agencies, law enforcement and investigatory agencies, public benefit programs, public health programs, and other public programs as a result of the financial exploitation of senior citizens; and

(C)

incurred by the private sector as a result of the financial exploitation of senior citizens; and

(2)

any other relevant costs that—

(A)

result from the financial exploitation of senior citizens; and

(B)

the Comptroller General determines are necessary and appropriate to include in order to provide Congress and the public with a full and accurate understanding of the economic costs resulting from the financial exploitation of senior citizens in the United States.

(c)

Senior citizen defined

For purposes of this section, the term senior citizen means an individual over the age of 65.