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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 657
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F.S. 657.008
657.008 Place of doing business.
(1) A credit union authorized to transact business pursuant to the laws of this state shall have one principal place of doing business as designated in its bylaws and where legal process may be served. A credit union may change its place of business through an amendment to its bylaws.
(2) Following 30 days’ prior written notification to the office or within such other time as is approved by the office, a credit union operating in a safe and sound manner may maintain branches without requiring prior office examination and approval at locations other than its main office or relocate branches previously established if the maintenance of such branches is determined by the board of directors to be reasonably necessary to furnish service to its members.
(a) A credit union that requires office examination and approval before establishing or relocating a branch must submit a written application in such form and supported by such information, data, and records as the commission or office may require to make all findings necessary for approval. Upon receiving the application and a nonrefundable filing fee for the establishment of the branch, the office shall consider the following in determining whether to reject or approve the application:
1. The sufficiency of the net worth of the credit union in relation to its deposit liabilities, including the proposed branch, and the additional fixed assets, if any, which are proposed for the branch and its operations without undue risk to the credit union or its depositors;
2. The sufficiency of earnings and earnings prospects of the credit union necessary to support the anticipated expenses and operating losses of the branch during its formative or initial years;
3. The sufficiency and quality of management available to operate the branch;
4. The name of the proposed branch in order to determine if it reasonably identifies the branch as a branch of the main office and is not likely to unduly confuse the public; and
5. The substantial compliance of the applicant with the applicable law governing its operations.
(b) If any branch is located outside this state, the cost of examining such branch shall be borne by the credit union. Such cost includes, but is not limited to, examiner travel expense and per diem.
(3) A credit union may share office space with one or more credit unions and contract with any person or corporation to provide facilities or personnel.
(4) A credit union organized under this state or federal law, the members of which are presently, or were at the time of admission into the credit union, employees of the state or a political subdivision or municipality thereof, or members of the immediate families of such employees, may apply for space in any building owned or leased by the state or respective political subdivision or municipality in the community or district in which the credit union does business.
(a) The application shall be addressed to the officer charged with the allotment of space in such building. If space is available, the officer may allot space to the credit union at a reasonable charge for rent or services.
(b) If the governing body having jurisdiction over the building determines that the services rendered by the credit union to the employees of the governing body are equivalent to a reasonable charge for rent or services, available space may be allotted to the credit union without charge for rent or services.
(5)(a) The office may authorize foreign credit unions to establish branches in this state if all of the following criteria are met:
1. The state in which the foreign credit union’s home office is located permits Florida credit unions to do business in the state under restrictions that are no greater than those placed upon a domestic credit union doing business in that state. For this purpose, such restrictions must include any fees, bonds, or other charges levied on domestic credit unions doing business in that state.
2. The deposits of such foreign credit union and its proposed Florida branch must have insurance of accounts with the National Credit Union Administration.
3. The credit union’s field of membership is so limited as to be within that meaning of that term as defined in s. 657.002.
(b) Every foreign credit union operating in this state must keep the office informed of every location at which it is operating.
(c) If the office has reason to believe that a foreign credit union is operating a branch in this state in an unsafe and unsound manner, it shall have the right to examine such branch. If, upon examination, the office finds that such branch is operating in an unsafe and unsound manner, it shall require the branch office to make appropriate modifications to bring the branch operations into compliance with generally accepted credit union operation in this state. The foreign credit union shall reimburse the office for the full cost of such examination. Costs include examiner salaries, per diem, and travel expenses.
(d) Any foreign credit union operating in this state shall, in any connection therewith, be subject to suit in the courts of this state by this state and by the residents of this state.
(6) A credit union may provide, directly or through a contract with another company, off-premises armored car services to its members. Armored car services do not constitute a branch for the purposes of this section. 1, 6, ch. 80-258; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 14, 51, ch. 84-216; ss. 9, 58, ch. 85-82; s. 1, ch. 91-307; ss. 1, 81, ch. 92-303; s. 8, ch. 93-111; s. 126, ch. 2001-266; s. 1743, ch. 2003-261; s. 10, ch. 2005-181; s. 18, ch. 2014-91.