State-Chartered Trust Companies
2014 Bank Holidays
Banking Law Modernization Package
A letter from the Secretary of Banking and Securities regarding passage of Act 170, Act 171 and Act 172 of 2012, which update and modernize three banking statutes.
2013 Bank Holidays
Changes in the Manner Entities May Institute Mortgage Foreclosures
A letter from the Secretary of Banking and Executive Director of the PA Housing Finance Agency regarding the transition from the Act 91 Notice to the Act 6 Notice.
Confidentiality Provisions of the Department of Banking Code
Discusses confidentiality provisions of the Department of Banking Code related to examination reports and enforcement proceedings.
Capital Purchase Program and Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program
Secretary's Letter regarding recently announced programs by the U.S. Treasury and FDIC to enhance the strength of financial institutions, foster market liquidity and promote market stability.
Mortgage Reform Laws
Provides detailed explanation of three bills signed into law by Governor Edward G. Rendell on July 8, 2008: Act 56 of 2008, House Bill 2179 (P.N. 4020), the new consolidated mortgage licensing bill (the “Mortgage Act”), Act 57 of 2008, Senate Bill 483 (P.N. 2163), which amends the Loan Interest and Protection Law (the “LIPL”), and Act 58 of 2008, Senate Bill 484 (P.N. 2251), which amends the Department of Banking Code (the “DOB Code”).
Annual Audit of Trusts
Deputy Secretary’s letter addresses acceptable means by which the required annual audit of trust activities of trust companies, bank and trust companies, and savings banks and savings associations that exercise trust powers may be accomplished, as required by Section 1407 of the Banking Code.
Honoring Pennsylvania’s Holocaust Survivors
Acting Secretary Victoria A. Reider sent a letter to chief executive officers of financial institutions across the state urging them to voluntarily waive fees for 456 Pennsylvanians who will receive cash settlements as a result of work by the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims.
Optional Holiday in Recognition of Veteran's Day
Letter announces that Pennsylvania state banking institutions and Pennsylvania national banks are hereby permitted to observe Monday, November 12, 2007, as an optional legal holiday in recognition of Veteran's Day.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
The Pennsylvania Department of Banking joins with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in urging you to consider ways that your institution might choose to participate in the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Pennsylvania state-chartered trust companies, bank and trust companies, and savings banks and savings associations with trust powers may engage in fiduciary activities to the same extent as national banks without notice to the Department.
Improperly Influenced Appraisals
The Secretary's Letter informs all lenders and brokers under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Department's concerns related to the use of improperly influenced appraisals. Letter also addresses "builder exception" under the Mortgage Bankers and Brokers and Consumer Equity Protection Act.
Streamlined Call Report
The Secretary's Letter discusses the Streamlined Call Report filing requirements.
Act 55 of 2001 Definition of Covered Loan Changes Effective October 1, 2002
The Secretary's Letter discusses that the Act 55 of 2001 definition of "Covered Loan" changes effective October 1, 2002; and that “Median Family Income” statistical estimates necessary for lenders to calculate (a) repayment ability of potential obligor under Section 512(b), and (b) whether negative amortization terms may be imposed on a potential obligor under Section 511(c), are now stated in the convenient chart attached to the letter.
Blocking Property & Prohibiting Transactions
Secretary's Letter regarding President Bush's Executive Order Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Persons Who Commit, Threaten to Commit or Support Terrorism.
Act 55 of 2001, the Mortgage Bankers & Consumer Equity Protection Act
Letter to announce Act 55 of 2001, the Mortgage Bankers and Consumer Equity Protection Act. A summary of Act 55 is attached to the Secretary's letter.
Department's General Position on Internet Banking
Bank Parity Bill
Governor Ridge signed into law, as Act 89 of 2000, the Bank Parity Bill, HB 2533 of 2000 (P.N. 4073).
Year 2000 Readiness & Credit Underwriting Criteria
Timely Correction of the "Year 2000 Problem"