On March 24, the Arizona governor signed HB 2612, which eliminates requirements for there to be a finding on whether an applicant is law abiding, honest, trustworthy, and of good moral character in order to be eligible for a license, permit, or certification. This applies to bank or in-state financial institution acquisitions, banking, consumer lenders, trust companies, escrow agents, mortgage brokers, mortgage bankers, commercial mortgage brokers, loan originators, financial institution holding companies, premium finance companies, real estate appraisers and appraisal management companies, among others. The bill also makes other technical and conforming changes and takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the legislature.
Earlier, on March 23, the Utah governor signed HB 69, which modifies various licensing provisions under the state’s Residential Mortgage Practices and Licensing Act. The bill also makes various amendments under the Real Estate Licensing and Practices Act related to licensing, fees, and disciplinary actions. Among other things, the bill amends the general qualifications of licensure to make residential mortgage loans, including provisions related to mandatory education requirements for both state applicants and applicants licensed in other states and criminal background checks. Specifically, the bill removes a provision that states a “license is immediately and automatically revoked if the criminal background check discloses the applicant fails to accurately disclose a criminal history involving: (A) the real estate industry; or (B) a felony conviction on the basis of an allegation of fraud, misrepresentation, or deceit.” Additional amendments authorize the commission to impose sanctions against licensees and unregistered persons that were found to be in violation of a provision of the act; discuss the process for filing a written request for the vacation of a license revocation; address pending transactions should the death of a principal broker occur; and remove provisions regarding the payment of certain expenses and costs. The bill takes effect 60 days after adjournment of the legislature.
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