§ 26–551.06. Establishment of the Financial Institutions Advisory Board.
There is established a Financial Institutions Advisory Board (“Board”). The function of the Board is advisory. The Board shall give the Commissioner sound and impartial advice on the following matters:
(1) Applications by financial institutions, including international banking institutions, to become chartered or organized under the District of Columbia Banking Code;
(2) Protection of the interests of depositors and shareholders in financial institutions operating in the District;
(3) Protection of the interests of the general public related to the operation of financial institutions in the District;
(4) Development and maintenance of a modern system of financial institutions in the District; and
(5) Any other financial matter or matter concerning financial institutions operating in, or affecting, the District.
§ 26–551.07. Members of the Financial Institutions Advisory Board; compensation.
(a) The Board shall be comprised of 15 members. The Mayor shall, with the advice and consent of the Council, appoint 13 members to the Board. The Mayor shall appoint to the Board a representative of a general banking industry association for the District; a representative of a general trade or commerce industry association; 2 certified public accountants; and 2 representatives of consumer interests. The Mayor shall appoint members who have a strong interest in the District’s financial institutions industry.
(b) The Commissioner of the Department shall be an ex-officio member of the Board.
(c) The Commissioner shall be the Chair of the Board.
(d) The term of an appointed member of the Board shall be 3 years; provided, that of the first members appointed to the Board, 4 members shall be appointed to an initial term to end one year after June 9, 2001, 4 members shall be appointed to an initial term to end 2 years after June 9, 2001, and 5 members shall be appointed to an initial term to end 3 years after June 9, 2001.
(e) At the end of the term of an appointed member, the appointed member may continue to serve until a successor is confirmed.
(f) An appointed member of the Board shall be eligible for reappointment.
(g) A person appointed to complete the term of a departing member of the Board shall serve for the unexpired term of the original appointment and until a successor is confirmed. A person appointed to complete the term of a departing member of the Board may be reappointed to one or more additional terms.
(h) A member of the Board, before assuming the duties of Board membership, shall take and subscribe an oath to perform the duties of the office faithfully, impartially, and justly to the best of the member’s ability. A record of the oath shall be filed in the office of the Special Assistant to the Mayor for Boards and Commissions.
(i) The Mayor may remove a member of the Board for failing to establish or maintain District residency or for misconduct, neglect of duty, or other cause. If a member of the Board is indicted for the commission of a felony, the member shall be automatically suspended from serving on the Board; provided, that upon (1) a final determination of guilt, or (2) a final determination of innocence or other termination of the proceeding without a determination of guilt, the term of the Board member shall be automatically terminated or reinstated, respectively.
(j) A member of the Board shall not receive compensation, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for travel and incidental expenses.
Effect of Amendments
D.C. Law 15-166, in subsec. (b), deleted “and the Commissioner of the Department of Insurance and Securities Regulation” following “Department”.
D.C. Law 15-354, in subsec. (b), substituted “an ex officio member” for “ex officio members”.
For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(d) of Consolidation of Financial Services Emergency Amendment Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-381, February 27, 2004, 51 DCR 2653).
§ 26–551.08. Organization and operation of the Board.
(a) The Board shall be organized, shall operate, and may establish committees under such rules and bylaws as the Board establishes.
(b) The Board shall meet at least twice a year and at the call of the Commissioner.
§ 26–551.09. Weight of advice of the Board.
If the Commissioner does not follow advice of the Board which is part of an official action of the Board, the Commissioner shall send to the Board a written statement of the reason for his or her decision not to follow the advice.