Open States' stated mission is to improve civic engagement.
To be true to that goal, we can not stand by and be silent when a large portion of Americans face systemic racism and other forms of oppression. That oppression has meant being excluded from civic participation at the ballot box, being called un-American for peaceful protests, and being denied justice for crimes committed against them.
Amends the Appraisal Management Company Registration Act. Creates the Appraisal Management Company Recovery Fund. Provides that upon recommendation of the Board, the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation may charge a fee no greater than $500 to be paid at the time of submission of an original application and each renewal application to register as an appraisal management company, and directs those fee to be deposited in the Appraisal Management Company Recovery Fund (AMCRF). Provides that any money remaining in the in the AMCRF at the close of the fiscal year will not lapse, but it shall be carried forward into the succeeding fiscal year. Provides that notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the AMCRF is not subject to sweeps, administrative charge-backs, or any other fiscal budgetary maneuver that would in any way transfer any amounts from the AMCRF into any other fund of the State. Requires in writing, the approval of the Secretary prior to any funds being paid. Provides specifications for the use of fund money which will be paid to any appraisal management companies who are owed restitution. Repeals provision that a registrant under the Act must maintain a $25,000 bond that may be used only for the recovery of expenses or the collection of fines or fees due to or levied by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.