Nebraska Enacts Money Transmitters Act

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On March 20, Nebraska enacted LB 616, the Nebraska Money Transmitters Act. Based on a model legislative outline drafted by a trade group of money transmitter state regulators, the new law repeals and replaces the Sale of Checks and Funds Transmission Act, while incorporating the license and renewal fees, a net worth standard, surety bond requirements, change of control notices, and material changes notices of the prior Act. The bill covers the receiving of money or monetary value for transmission to another location by any means, prepaid cards, stored value cards, certain bill payment services, payment instruments, money orders, and traveler’s checks. It establishes licensing standards and continuing duties, and sets up transition of the state’s licensing process to the NMLS starting July 1, 2014. The law defines and provides a system of conduct for authorized delegates and grants enforcement authority to the Department of Finance over authorized delegates. Finally, the law provides administrative and criminal sanctions for violations of the Act. By state rule, the new law will take effect three months after the end of the state’s legislative session, which is scheduled to conclude May 30, 2013.