2000 Regular Session
To: Banks and Banking
By: Representatives Smith (39th), Hamilton
House Bill 1367
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 75-67-403 AND 75-67-413, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE LIENS IN FAVOR OF TITLE PLEDGE LENDERS; TO AUTHORIZE THE ASSESSMENT OF RECORDING FEES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 75-67-403, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
75-67-403. The following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
(a) "Appropriate law enforcement agency" means the sheriff of each county in which the title pledge lender maintains an office, or the police chief of the municipality or law enforcement officers of the Department of Public Safety in which the title pledge lender maintains an office.
(b) "Attorney General" means the Attorney General of the State of Mississippi.
(c) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Banking and Consumer Finance of the State of Mississippi, or his designee, as the designated official for the purpose of enforcing this article.
(d) "Identification" means a government issued photographic identification.
(e) "Person" means an individual, partnership, corporation, joint venture, trust, association or other legal entity.
(f) "Pledged property" means any personal property certificate of title that is deposited with a title pledge lender in the course of the title pledge lender's business and is the subject of a title pledge agreement.
(g) "Pledgor" means the person to whom the property is titled.
(h) "Title pledge agreement" means a thirty-day written agreement whereby a title pledge lender agrees to make a loan of money to a pledgor, and the pledgor agrees to give the title pledge lender a security interest in unencumbered titled personal property owned by the pledgor. The pledgor shall agree that the title pledge lender keep possession of the certificate of title. The pledgor shall have the exclusive right to redeem the certificate of title by repaying the loan of money in full and by complying with the title pledge agreement. When the certificate of title is redeemed, the title pledge lender shall release the security interest in the titled personal property and return the personal property certificate of title to the pledgor. The title pledge agreement shall provide that upon failure by the pledgor to redeem the certificate of title at the end of the original thirty-day agreement period, or at the end of any extension(s) thereof, the title pledge lender shall be allowed to take possession of the titled personal property. The title pledge agreement shall contain a power of attorney which authorizes the title pledge lender to transfer title to the pledged property from the pledgor to the title pledge lender upon failure to redeem the pledged property on or before the maturity date of the title pledge agreement, or any extension thereof. The title pledge lender shall take physical possession of the certificate of title for the entire length of the title pledge agreement, but shall not be required to take physical possession of the titled personal property at any time. A title pledge lender may require a borrower to have a lien placed upon the certificate in favor of the title pledge lender.
(i) "Title pledge lender" means any person engaged in the business of making title pledge agreements with pledgors; provided, however, that the following are exempt from the definition of "title pledge lender" and from the provisions of this article: any bank which is regulated by the Department of Banking and Consumer Finance, the Comptroller of the Currency of the United States, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System or any other federal or state authority and all affiliates of such bank, and additionally any bank or savings and loan association whose deposits or accounts are eligible for insurance by the Bank Insurance Fund or the Savings Association Insurance Fund or other fund administered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any successor thereto, and all affiliates of such banks and savings and loan associations, any state or federally chartered credit union and finance company subject to licensing and regulation by the Department of Banking and Consumer Finance.
(j) "Title pledge office" means the location at which, or premises in which, a title pledge lender regularly conducts business. No business other than title pledge business shall be conducted at a title pledge office.
(k) "Title pledge service charge" means a charge for investigating the title, appraising the titled personal property to which the pledged property relates, documenting and closing the title pledge agreement transaction, making required reports to appropriate law enforcement officials, and for all of the services provided by the title pledge lender.
(l) "Title pledge transaction form" means the instrument on which a title pledge lender records title pledge agreements pursuant to this article.
(m) "Titled personal property" means any personal property the ownership of which is evidenced and delineated by a state-issued certificate of title.
SECTION 2. Section 75-67-413, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
75-67-413. (1) A title pledge lender may contract for and receive a title pledge service charge in lieu of interest, recording fees or other charges for all services, expenses, cost and losses of every nature * * *.
(2) Any interest, charge or fees contracted for or received, directly or indirectly, in excess of the amount permitted under subsection (1) of this section shall be uncollectible and the title pledge transaction shall be void. The title pledge service charge allowed under subsection (1) of this section shall be deemed earned, due and owing as of the date of the title pledge transaction and a like sum shall be deemed earned, due and owing on the thirty-first day from the date of the transaction and on every thirtieth day thereafter.
(3) By agreement of the parties, the maturity date of the title pledge transaction may be extended or continued for thirty-day periods, provided that the service charges as specified in subsection (1) are not exceeded for any extensions. All extensions or continuations of the title pledge transaction shall be evidenced in writing. No accrued interest or service charge shall be capitalized or added to the original principal of the title pledge transaction during any extension or continuation. Beginning with the third extension or continuation, the principal amount financed shall be reduced by at least ten percent (10%) of the original principal amount for each successive extension or continuation. Failure by the pledgor to pay at least ten percent (10%) of the original principal amount of the title pledge transaction at the maturity date of each such successive extension or continuation shall cause the remaining principal and any service charges or fees to become immediately due and payable.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2000.