328, s. 5r
422.201 (10m) (f) of the statutes is repealed.
328, s. 5u
422.201 (10m) (g) of the statutes is repealed.
328, s. 5y
422.201 (10m) (h) of the statutes is repealed.
328, s. 6
422.201 (10s) of the statutes is created to read:
422.201 (10s) Regardless of the date that an open-end credit plan is entered into, the parties may agree to the payment by the customer of a finance charge at any periodic rate.
328, s. 7e
422.202 (2m) of the statutes is renumbered 422.202 (2m) (b), and 422.202 (2m) (b) (intro.), 1., 2., 3. (intro.) and 5., as renumbered, are amended to read:
422.202 (2m) (b) (intro.) This paragraph does not apply after January 31, 1997, unless the attorney general publishes the opinion under par. (a) no later than that date. Except as provided in pars. (a) to (cm) subds. 1. to 3m., with respect to consumer credit transactions entered into under an open-end credit plan on or after November 1, 1981, the parties may agree to the payment by the customer of the following charges in addition to the finance charge:
1. A charge not to exceed $10 in any billing cycle in which the creditor does not receive at least the minimum payment due on or before the 5th day after the payment's due date, as agreed by the parties. Any charge imposed under this paragraph subdivision may not be included in any outstanding balance for purposes of calculating any finance charge or minimum payment.
2. A charge not to exceed 50 cents in any billing cycle in which there are at least 28 calendar days and where the balance as calculated in s. 422.201 (10m) is less than $33.34. If the charge permitted in this paragraph
subdivision is imposed, no finance charge may be imposed under s. 422.201 (10m) nor may the charge permitted in par. (a) subd. 1. be imposed or collected.
3. (intro.) For each cash advance under an open-end credit plan other than by a seller credit card or an overdraft checking loan, a charge not to exceed the greater of $2 or 2% of the amount of the cash advance, up to a maximum of $5 per cash advance. In this paragraph subdivision:
5. This subsection paragraph does not prohibit charge which the administrator has determined not to be finance charges prior to November 1, 1981.
328, s. 7m
422.202 (2m) (a) of the statutes is created to read:
(a) If the attorney general determines that the charge described under par. (b) 1. is not interest within the meaning of 12 USC 85
, as interpreted by the U.S. supreme court through December 31, 1996, the attorney general shall issue an opinion which so states and shall publish the opinion in the Wisconsin administrative register no later than February 1, 1997.
328, s. 7s
422.202 (2m) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
422.202 (2m) (c) This paragraph applies beginning on February 1, 1997, unless the attorney general has published the opinion under par. (a) by that date. With respect to an open-end credit plan, regardless of when the plan was entered into:
1. A creditor may charge, collect and receive other fees and charges, in addition to the finance charge authorized under s. 422.201, that are agreed upon by the creditor and the customer. These other fees and charges may include periodic membership fees, cash advance fees, charges for exceeding a designated credit limit, charges for late payments, charges for providing copies of documents and charges for the return of a dishonored check or other payment instrument.
2. For purposes of 12 USC 85
, both the finance charge under s. 422.201 and charges permitted under subd. 1. are interest and may be charged, collected and received as interest by a creditor.
328, s. 8
422.415 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
422.415 (1) Except as provided in sub. (2), no creditor shall make any change in the terms of open-end credit plans that is adverse to the interests of the customer with respect to any outstanding balances or that imposes or alters a charge permitted under s. 422.202 (2m) (a) to (cm) or (e). For the purposes of this section, a change shall be presumed to be adverse if the result thereof is to increase the rate of the finance charge or the amount of the periodic payment due. Outstanding balances shall be determined on the assumption that all payments shall be credited first to any finance charges that may be due and then to the payment of debts in the order in which the entries to the account showing the debts were made.
328, s. 9
422.415 (2) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
422.415 (2) (intro.) A change that is adverse to the interests of the customer with respect to outstanding balances or that imposes or alters a charge permitted under s. 422.202 (2m) (a) to (cm) or (e) may be made if any of the following conditions is met:
328, s. 10
422.421 (1) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
422.421 (1) (c) "Variable rate transaction" means any open-end credit plan and any consumer credit transaction other than one pursuant to an open-end credit plan, the terms of which permit the rate of finance charge to be adjusted from time to time during the term of the plan or transaction other than by an adjustment under s. 422.201 (10m) or 422.415, but does not include any consumer credit transaction the terms of which permit only the rates of finance charge that are initially numerically specified in any document evidencing the plan or transaction.
328, s. 11
422.421 (6) (a) 1. of the statutes is renumbered 422.421 (6) (a).
328, s. 12
422.421 (6) (a) 2. of the statutes is renumbered 422.421 (6) (c) and amended to read:
422.421 (6) (c) The maximum rate of finance charge established under subd. 1. par. (a) shall continue in effect for the entire term of the payment period regardless of any changes in the limit set forth in s. 422.201 (2) (bm) during the payment period.
328, s. 13
422.421 (6) (b) of the statutes is repealed.
328, s. 14
426.201 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
426.201 (5) No person is subject to this section solely by reason of offering the discount described in s. 422.201 (8) or (10) (e).
(1) Review of the open-end consumer credit market. Beginning 24 months after the effective date of this subsection, the administrator designated in section 426.103 of the statutes shall review the open-end consumer credit lending market in this state and report on the advantages and disadvantages that this market presents for the consumers, lenders and economy of this state. The administrator shall submit the results of the review to the legislature in the manner provided in section 13.172 (2) of the statutes no later than the first day of the 30th month beginning after the effective date of this subsection.