(a) Authorized. -- A credit union may establish a branch in the State in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(b) Requirements. --
(1) A credit union that proposes to establish a branch in the State shall:
(i) File with the Commissioner, at least 30 days before the intended opening date, a notice of intention to open a branch;
(ii) Submit to the Commissioner any information the Commissioner requires in order to evaluate the proposed branch; and
(iii) Pay to the Commissioner a branch fee of $ 100.
(2) The branch fee may not apply to a branch that is acquired by a credit union through a merger or consolidation with, or transfer to the credit union of all or substantially all of the assets of, a credit union.
(c) Approval. -- In deciding whether to approve the establishment of a branch, the Commissioner shall consider whether:
(1) The establishment of the branch will promote the convenience of the members of the credit union;
(2) The applicant has sufficient net worth to support the branch; and
(3) The applicant generally is operating in compliance with the provisions of this title.
(1) The Commissioner shall decide whether to approve the establishment of a branch within 30 days of receipt of the notice specified in subsection (b)(1) of this section.
(2) The establishment of a branch shall be deemed approved if the Commissioner takes no action on the notice within the time limit specified in this subsection.
2001, ch. 147, § 1; ch. 148, § 1.