OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5414 (as amended by House "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ELIMINATION OF THE INTEREST RATE FLOOR FOR TAX AND INSURANCE ESCROW ACCOUNTS.

SUMMARY:

Current law requires the interest rate on tax and insurance escrow accounts to be at least the average savings deposit interest rate paid by insured commercial banks published in the Federal Reserve Board Bulletin in November of the previous year (i. e. , deposit index) but not less than 1. 5%. This bill retains the deposit index method for calculating the interest rate but eliminates the minimum 1. 5% interest rate. (The 2012 deposit index is 0. 16%. )

By law, state banks and trust companies, national banking associations, state or federally chartered savings and loan associations, savings banks, insurance companies, and other mortgagee or mortgage servicing companies must pay interest on these accounts.

*House Amendment “A” explicitly applies the interest rate change to accounts on and after October 1, 2012.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

Banks Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

18

Nay

0

(03/20/2012)