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The purpose of this meeting is to provide an in-depth update on important issues affecting the industry at the state level. The Forum is held jointly with the National Association of Consumer Credit Administrators (NACCA). The Forum will focus on credit scoring trends; consumer credit fraud; social media and technology trends; issues in subprime auto financing; the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection potential rulemaking for payday, vehicle title and similar loans; and more.

The conference will be an excellent opportunity to participate in discussions on timely issues, work with industry leaders and meet your state regulator at joint educational sessions. Please not that committee meetings are for AFSA members only. Law Committee meetings are open to Law Committee members only. If you are not an AFSA member, you are not permitted to attend any committee functions. Non-members must be eligible for AFSA membership to attend the Forum.

Again this year, the Forum is being held in conjunction with the AFSA Law Committee, Ancillary Product Working Group, Operations and Regulatory Compliance, and State Government Affairs Committee Meetings. Law Committee meeting participants who also attend the Forum receive a special discounted rate.

CLE credits are only for those attendees that sign up for the forum. A flat fee of $300 will cover the processing of CLE materials. AFSA will apply for CLE credits in up to two (2) states requested by pre-registrants. Actual number of credits to be determined, but anticipate 4-6 CLE hours will be approved.

About the Law Committee

The Law Committee helps to create and develop AFSA’s judicial, legislative and regulatory policies and strategies that affect AFSA member companies. Among the benefits of participation in the Law Committee are remaining up-to-date on issues that confront member companies each day, opportunities to network, and exchange ideas with other in-house counsel in the industry. General counsels or designees of AFSA Members who are licensed attorneys-at-law qualified to practice law in any federal or state jurisdiction are eligible for membership. Law Committee members may access resources via their profile page.

State Government Affairs Committee

The State Government Affairs (SGA) Committee serves as a forum to address state legislative and regulatory issues that affect AFSA member companies. It comprises four subcommittees: Mortgage Lending/Servicing, Payment Card, Traditional Installment Lending, and Vehicle Finance. The Committee reviews legislation; analyzes legislative trends; gathers political intelligence; formulates strategy and issues management materials; identifies and recommends industry-wide positions on state legislation and regulatory issues; develops issues management materials to support state and local lobbying activities; and engages in direct advocacy where appropriate. The Committee holds in-person meetings three times a year. Eligibility: AFSA members who participate in state legislative or regulatory activities.

Regulatory Compliance

AFSA helps member companies stay on top of federal regulatory compliance requirements and adjust to the “new normal”, e.g. evolving regulatory change, constant enforcement of new and current regulatory requirements, and increasing regulatory focus on an institution’s compliance management model. AFSA assists members meet their compliance goals in a number of ways, including by providing regular alerts and updates on important regulatory compliance issues affecting the industry; facilitating sharing of information between members (in-person meetings, conference calls, surveys) to learn about how member companies are keeping current with compliance requirements; providing resources, including compliance training (i.e. AFSA University), and templates and sample documents on the components of a robust compliance management system; and organizing educational events including webinars and seminars.

Ancillary Product Working Group

The Ancillary Product Working Group, formed in February 2011, reviews litigation and state and federal legislative and regulatory issues regarding ancillary products in all business lines (e.g., credit insurance, debt cancellation agreements, guaranteed asset protection (GAP) agreements, extended service contracts, etc.). The working group holds conference calls monthly and as needed and meets annually in-person in May/June. The group is open to all AFSA members.