On April 7, the Kentucky governor signed HB 494 to establish the Student Education Loan Servicing, Licensing, and Protection Act of 2022. The act outlines licensing provisions for student loan servicers and implements consumer protections for borrowers. Among other things, the act requires, subject to certain exemptions, persons servicing student loans in the state to obtain a license from the commissioner. Under the act, the commissioner may require that the application and any supporting documentation be submitted to other agencies or authorities as part of a nationwide licensing system, “which may act as an agent for receiving, requesting, and distributing information to and from any source directed by the commissioner.” The commissioner may also conduct examinations and investigations, deny, suspend, or revoke a license, and enter an emergency order to suspend, limit, or restrict a license without notice or hearing if an investigation reveals that a “licensee has engaged, or is about to engage, in unsafe, unsound, or illegal practices that pose and imminent threat or harm to the public interest.” Additionally, the commissioner may impose civil penalties of up to $25,000 per violation for violations of the act’s provisions, and may order restitution, refunds, or expenses as deemed necessary. The act also prohibits student loan servicers from engaging in unfair, deceptive, predatory practices, or omitting material information connected with the servicing of a student education loan. Additional provisions related to licensing renewals and reinstatements, assessment fees, and reporting and net worth requirements are also provided. The act takes effect 90 days after the official adjournment of the session.