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What You Need to Know about Pa.’s Money Transmitter License Changes

The introduction of new bond requirements for money transmitters in Pennsylvania is in line with an overall trend across states to enforce stricter conditions on money transmitter license holders and applicants. See what the licensing requirements mean for your business.


New York Files Suit against OCC Fintech Charter

New York Department of Financial Services opposes the plan from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to enable fintech companies to become special purpose national banks. The NYDFS superintendent describes the proposal as “reckless folly.”


Digital Currency Roundup: Bitcoin Law Changes in Three States

Vermont, Washington state and Florida have significant developments on the digital currency regulation front.


Illinois Bill Would Require Retroactive Reporting of Gift Cards, Other Property

An Illinois bill could remove exemptions on unclaimed property reporting requirements for gift cards and property resulting from B2B transactions—and could require retroactive reporting of such property received as far back as 2003.


‘Mythbusting’ Payroll Cards

To coincide with its just released and first “Payroll Industry Scorecard,” CFSI is separating fact from fiction when it comes to payroll cards, which continue to face scrutiny by state regulators and the media.


Supreme Court Remands Texas Surcharge Case back to 5th Circuit

The case of Texas retailers challenging the constitutionality of a state law prohibiting surcharge fees for credit card transactions was remanded in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in favor of merchants in a similar case involving a surcharge statute in New York.


States Square off in Fight over CFPB Leadership Structure

The states weigh in on the CFPB leadership structure with two amicus briefs. A group of 17 states, plus the District of Columbia, has sided with the agency as it fights a court ruling that says the president should have the authority to fire the head of the CFPB. Meanwhile, 15 other states have taken an opposing stance.


Supreme Court Finds N.Y. Surcharge Laws Regulate Speech

The Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision finding that a New York law prohibiting merchants from disclosing surcharges to cover the costs of credit card processing while allowing for discounts in the case of cash transactions regulated speech


Illinois Regulator Joins Global Virtual Currency Consortium

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has become the first U.S. regulatory agency to join the R3 Consortium, a global partnership of banks and other parties working to develop distributed ledger-based applications for financial services. The agency oversees the regulation and licensing of banks and financial institutions, among other businesses, in the state.


Cybersecurity Requirements Take Effect in New York State

Cybersecurity requirements to protect the financial services industry and consumers from cyberattacks go into effect in New York State on March 1. The mandates require certain banks, insurance companies and other financial services providers that are regulated by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) to develop and maintain a cybersecurity program.