Summary

To amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish fair and transparent practices related to the marketing and provision of overdraft coverage programs at depository institutions, and for... Read More

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This bill was introduced on May 9, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
May 9, 2012

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Bill Text

A BILL

To amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish fair and transparent practices related to the marketing and provision of overdraft coverage programs at depository institutions, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Overdraft Protection Act of 2012''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.

Section 102 of the Truth in Lending Act (15 U.S.C. 1601) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(c) Fairness and Accountability in Overdraft Coverage.-- ``(1) Findings.--The Congress also finds that-- ``(A) overdraft coverage is a form of short-term credit that depository institutions provide for consumer transaction accounts. Historically, depository institutions covered overdrafts for a fee on an ad hoc basis; ``(B) with the growth in specially designed software programs and in consumer use of debit cards, overdraft coverage for a fee has become more prevalent; ``(C) many depository institutions offer a range of overdraft options but aggressively encourage consumers to consent to the most expensive option, where a high flat fee is collected for every individual overdraft transaction; ``(D) most depository institutions collect a high flat fee, including for small dollar transactions, each time the institution covers an overdraft, in some cases impose multiple overdraft coverage fees within a single day, and many charge additional fees for each day during which the account remains overdrawn; and ``(E) such abusive practices in connection with overdraft...

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