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Oregon Credit Union Law

Credit unions provide financial services to both individuals and businesses alike, including checking, savings, investments and loans. Convenient services offered include electronic access, automated bill payment and mobile deposit. Some of the largest federally insured credit unions even specialize in wealth management! In addition, several credit unions specialize in auto lending, mortgage financing or debt consolidation as additional areas of expertise.

Credit union membership is limited to individuals named as incorporators on its articles of incorporation or with whom it shares an underlying common bond, who have been admitted as members by being duly admitted, paying any necessary entrance or membership fees and fulfilling other requirements imposed by either its articles of organization or bylaws. Credit unions may charge fees for services provided both to members as well as persons outside its membership base.

Credit unions may borrow funds by issuing debentures secured by its shares and deposits, discounting and selling such debentures subject to rules adopted by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, investing surplus funds, or purchasing all or substantially all the assets of another credit union if such purchase is approved by that Department as consistent with this chapter.

Credit unions must maintain sufficient reserves in order to cover potential loan losses as determined by the Director of Consumer and Small Business Services. Reserves should be sufficient enough to maintain a Texas Ratio that does not exceed one-to-one, or 100%. The Texas Ratio compares the total value of loans at risk or assets repossessed to capital and reserves available within a credit union.

The director may enter into an agreement with any credit union supervisory agency with concurrent jurisdiction over credit unions operating a branch or office in Oregon to secure services of its examiners at an acceptable cost and rate of compensation. The contract should outline how examination, supervision and application processes will be coordinated between this state and their home state of operation for non-Oregon institutions.

Credit unions that wish to engage in transactions or practices regulated by this chapter must notify the director in writing of their intentions, along with a description of why such activities violate this chapter. After considering all available information, the director may issue an order mandating that any violation cease.

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