Current as of: 2009
B. Among others, and except as otherwise limited by the provisions of this Chapter, every credit union shall have the following powers:
(1) To receive the savings of its members in payment for shares.
(2) To make loans exclusively to members.
(3) To invest, through its board of directors, in:
A. Every credit union incorporated pursuant to or operating under the provisions of this Chapter shall have all the powers enumerated, authorized, and permitted by this Chapter and such other rights, privileges, and powers as may be incidental to or reasonably necessary or appropriate for the accomplishment of the objects and purposes of the credit union; to enter into such contracts, incur such obligations, and generally do anything necessary or appropriate to take advantage of all membership, loans, subscriptions, contracts, grants, rights, or privileges whatsoever which at any time may be available or inure to credit unions by virtue of any act or resolution of the Congress of the United States, particularly any act of Congress creating a federal credit union system, and regulations issued pursuant thereto.
(a) Bonds, certificates, notes, or other evidence of indebtedness of the United States, state of Louisiana, or any municipality of Louisiana, including paving certificates of municipalities, and in federal farm loan bonds issued by federal land banks, debentures issued by federal intermediate credit banks, and debentures issued by banks for cooperatives; such investments may be by book entry and such book entry investments may be pledged as security for loans.
(b) Homestead stock.
(c) The shares of other credit unions. It may deposit funds in savings banks, state banks, trust companies, and national banks. The funds of the credit union shall be used first, however, for loans to members, and preference shall be given to the smaller loan if available funds do not permit all loans to be made which have passed the credit committee. Such investments or deposits may be by book entry and such investments or deposits in the U.S. Central Credit Union and the Louisiana Corporate Credit Union may be pledged as security for loans.
(d) Shares, stocks, loans, or other obligations of any organization, corporation, limited liability company, or association, provided the membership or ownership, as the case may be, of such organization, corporation, limited liability company, or association is primarily confined or restricted to credit unions, or organizations of credit unions, and provided further the purpose for which it is organized is to strengthen or advance the development of credit unions or credit union organizations. No such investment shall exceed one percent of the credit union's capital and surplus.
(e) Investments authorized by law for fiduciaries and approved by the commissioner of financial institutions.
(4)(a) When duly authorized by its board of directors, to lend to any other credit unions at such rates as shall be fixed and determined by the board of directors, not exceeding twenty-five percent of the paid in and unimpaired capital and surplus of the lending credit union.
(b) As evidence of its indebtedness, the borrowing credit union shall execute its promissory note or other written agreement to pay, signed by two of its board officers and shall furnish a certified copy of the resolution of its board of directors to the lending credit union, authorizing the borrowing. The borrowing credit union shall also furnish a financial statement of its condition as of the last day of the preceding month of the application for such loans.
(c) The limitation of Subparagraph (4)(a) that such loans not exceed twenty-five percent of the unimpaired capital and surplus of the lending credit union shall not apply to credit unions commonly referred to as corporate credit unions and central credit unions, which credit unions are defined as credit unions whose field of membership primarily includes other credit unions, officers of other credit unions, or eligible employee groups, or both.
(d) Repealed by Acts 1992, No. 27, §2.
(5) To purchase from any liquidating credit union notes made by individual members of the liquidating credit union at such prices as may be agreed upon by the board of directors of the liquidating credit union and the board of directors of the purchasing credit union.
(6) To invest in and operate a credit union service center, either separately or in cooperation with other credit unions and credit union organizations.
(7) To collect, receive, and disburse money in connection with the sale of money orders and travelers checks and other money type instruments, and for other purposes as may provide benefit or convenience for its members.
(8) To obtain and maintain insurance of its member accounts or share accounts by the National Credit Union Administration, or other federal agency, or state agency or state share insurance corporation of any state, established for the purpose of insuring member accounts or share accounts of credit unions, including any investment that may be required in a share insurance corporation.
(9) To purchase or otherwise provide insurance for the benefit or convenience of its members.
(10) To charge reasonable collection fee incurred in the collection of a delinquent loan to the delinquent member's loan account.
(11) To exercise the powers granted corporations organized under the laws of the state of Louisiana and such incidental powers as may be necessary or requisite to promote and carry on effectively its purposes.
(12) To receive from any officer, employee, or agent of those nonmember units of the United States, the state of Louisiana, any parish, or municipality, and political subdivision thereof, payments on shares, share certificates and share deposits.
(13) To act as trustee and custodian under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-406), as amended, and the Self-Employed Individuals Tax Retirement Act of 1962. The bylaws shall provide for recordkeeping and segregation of assets and for credit union operations, consistent with the principles of sound custodial administration.
(14) To become a member of the Central Liquidity Facility of the National Credit Union Administration.
(15) To become a member of any federal or state or private corporation that provides electronic funds transfer.
(16) To provide all types of transaction accounts for its members.
Amended by Acts 1954, No. 530, §1; Acts 1958, No. 199, §2; Acts 1970, No. 401, §1; Acts 1972, No. 160, §2; Acts 1975, No. 653, §1; Acts 1979, No. 487, §1; Acts 1980, No. 210, §1; Acts 1981, No. 166, §1; Acts 1982, No. 436, §1; Acts 1985, No. 65, §1; Acts 1986, No. 36, §1; Acts 1991, No. 162, §1; Acts 1991, No. 655, §1; Acts 1992, No. 27, §§1, 2; Acts 1993, No. 518, §1; Acts 1995, No. 293, §1.Prev | Next
U.S. Code Provisions: Credit Unions
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