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6-122. Superintendent; authority; duties; exemption

A. The superintendent has the authority and responsibility for the discharge of all duties imposed by law on the department.

B. The superintendent shall:

1. Examine or cause to be examined each financial institution annually, except financial institution holding companies, banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions and consumer lenders, and more frequently if the superintendent considers it necessary.

2. Examine or cause to be examined each bank, credit union and savings and loan association at the superintendent's discretion but at least once in every twenty-four month period.

3. Examine or cause to be examined the business and affairs of any enterprise and any consumer lender for the purpose of administering and enforcing this title at the superintendent's discretion but at least once in a five year period.

4. Examine or cause to be examined financial institution holding companies as frequently as the superintendent considers necessary to administer and enforce this title.

5. Notwithstanding paragraph 3, examine or cause to be examined the accounts held in trust by each escrow agent at least once in every two year period in accordance with section 20-1593 and examine or cause to be examined each escrow agent at least once in every four year period or more frequently if the superintendent considers it necessary.

6. Notwithstanding paragraph 3, examine or cause to be examined each premium finance company at least once in every three year period and more frequently if the superintendent considers it necessary.

7. Publish a consumer information brochure that includes:

(a) The finance charges permitted by this state.

(b) The types of insurance that may be offered but that are not required by law to be purchased with the granting of a loan.

(c) Interest rate limitations on all lenders including amounts that may not be charged to borrowers.

(d) Consumer rights and means of recourse from unfair practitioners.

8. Conduct a survey in January and July of each calendar year of each escrow agent that is regulated by the department. The superintendent shall compile the results of each survey and make those results available to the public. The survey shall be in substantially the following format:

"Please rate the performance of the department of financial institutions as one of the following: excellent, very good, good, fair, poor.

Please describe any problems that you believe should be addressed by the department."

C. Notwithstanding subsection B, paragraph 5 of this section an escrow agent shall be examined within twelve months when an escrow agent's license is transferred or assigned pursuant to section 6-813 or when control of the license is otherwise acquired.

D. Subsection B, paragraph 3 of this section does not apply to motor vehicle dealers, sales finance companies or persons licensed under chapter 12 of this title.