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File #: 61434    Version: Name: Protection of the Community Reinvestment Act
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/16/2020 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 7/21/2020
Enactment date: 7/27/2020 Enactment #: RES-20-00503
Title: ALTERNATE - Calling for the Protection of the Community Reinvestment Act - To Ensure That Efforts To Modernize Regulations Do Not Undermine The Intent Of The Law.
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Sheri Carter, Michael E. Verveer, Donna V. Moreland, Tag Evers, Michael J. Tierney, Keith Furman, Patrick W. Heck, Lindsay Lemmer, Rebecca Kemble, Max Prestigiacomo, Marsha A. Rummel
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
7/21/20201 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt As Amended Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24 & 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/16/20201 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
No appropriation required.
Title
ALTERNATE - Calling for the Protection of the Community Reinvestment Act - To Ensure That Efforts To Modernize Regulations Do Not Undermine The Intent Of The Law.
Body
WHEREAS, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was enacted on October 12, 1977 to end the practice of “redlining” by financial institutions where they would draw a red line on a map around the neighborhoods they did not want to offer financial services; before the enactment of the CRA, redlining made it near impossible for low- and moderate-income Americans, racial and ethnic minorities, and their neighborhoods to access credit services, such as mortgages and business loans, regardless of their qualifications or creditworthiness; and,

WHEREAS, CRA was a landmark civil rights law passed in 1977 to end discrimination that was once common in America’s banking and housing markets; and,

WHEREAS, discrimination in lending is still a problem; and,

WHEREAS, the CRA states that “regulated financial institutions have continuing and affirmative obligations to help meet the credit needs of the local communities in which they are chartered”; and,

WHEREAS, the CRA establishes a regulatory regime for monitoring the level of lending, investments, and services in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods traditionally underserved by lending institutions; examiners from three federal agencies assess and “grade” a lending institution’s activities in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods; and,

WHEREAS, the federal agencies conducting CRA examinations are: the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which examines nationally chartered banks and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Federal Reserve Board - both of whom examine state-chartered banks; and,

WHEREAS, if a regulatory agency finds a financial institution not serving these neighborhoods, it can delay or deny that institution’s request to merge with another lender or to open a branc...

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