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Discussion Draft on Financial Privacy Introduced

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) has released a discussion draft of legislation to modernize financial privacy laws and give consumers more control over how their personal information is collected and utilized. A press release provides the following highlights of the proposal

  • Modernizes the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to align consumer protections with financial system innovation
  • Empowers consumers to understand how personal information is being collected and used by a service provider when they agree to a service provider’s privacy policy, and ensures consumers have the right to terminate collection of their data or request deletion of their data
  • Directs entities to disclose to consumers why they are collecting certain data along with the ability to opt out of the data collection—and to use data only for its stated purpose
  • Improves transparency by requiring privacy terms and conditions in consumer disclosures to be easily understandable
  • Provides a national standard that would preempt state privacy laws to provide consistency across the nation with respect to collection and use of personal information
July 01 2022
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House Proposal Would Expand 529 Eligible Expenses

Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) has introduced H.R. 8128, a bill to expand the allowable education expenses available for use from 529 education savings accounts. The bill would allow industry recognized apprenticeship programs registered and certified by an eligible Standards Recognition Entity as qualified education expenses. These programs would be in addition to existing apprenticeship programs registered and certified with the Secretary of Labor that qualify as higher education expenses.

The definition of qualified education expense would also be further expanded to include expenses related to a “career and technical education program” (as defined by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006) or a “career pathway” (as defined by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

June 30 2022
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Senate Finance Proposal Includes ABLE Age Adjustment

The Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act, which cleared the Senate Finance Committee and heads to the full Senate for consideration, includes a proposal by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) to modify the “eligible individual” definition for purposes of a qualified ABLE program. Under the proposal, an individual may be an eligible individual if entitled to benefits based on blindness or disability, and such blindness or disability occurred before the date on which the individual attains the age of 46 (the current age is 26). It is estimated that the change in age would allow over 6 million additional people with disabilities to save with ABLE accounts.

June 23 2022
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Senate Finance Committee Advances EARN Act

The Senate Finance Committee conducted a hearing today to consider the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act. The bill was unanimously approved out of committee with one minor amendment. While text of the bill has not yet been made available, details of a summary released by the committee were previously announced. During the hearing, several other amendments were discussed and, while not included, many had broad support and could be included in the final full Senate version of the bill.

June 22 2022
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Senate Finance Releases Its Version of SECURE 2.0

The Senate Finance Committee has released an outline of its version of proposed retirement reform on the heels of passage of the Rise & Shine Act out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) committee last week. A summary of the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act released by the committee provides a brief description of each provision.

June 21 2022
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Auto-Portability Legislation Introduced

Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have introduced the Advancing Auto Portability Act of 2022, aimed at reducing retirement “leakage” by allowing for automatic rollovers of certain accounts to follow workers to another employer plan.

June 17 2022
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Starter-K Companion Legislation Introduced in House

Representatives Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) and Darin LaHood (R-IL) introduced the Starter-K Act, legislation intending to expand access to retirement savings for more Americans. Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Tom Carper (D-DE).

June 17 2022
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RISE & SHINE Act Approved by Committee

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee unanimously passed out of committee S.4353 the Retirement Improvement and Savings Enhancement to Supplemental Healthy Investments for the Nest Egg (RISE & SHINE) Act (previously announced), with two amendments.

June 14 2022
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Senate HELP Committee Retirement Bill Introduced

Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee respectively, have introduced the Retirement Improvement and Savings Enhancement to Supplemental Healthy Investments for the Nest Egg (RISE & SHINE) Act, the Senate HELP committee’s latest version of compiled retirement provisions. While the provisions included in this version of the bill remain substantially similar to the discussion draft version previously announced, some technical details have been changed or removed from select provisions.

June 08 2022
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Senators Announce Cryptocurrency Bill

Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced the “Lummis-Gillibrand Responsible Financial Innovation Act,” set to be introduced in the Senate. The Senators describe the bill in an accompanying press release as a “complete regulatory framework for digital assets.” Included within the many provisions of the bill is a requirement for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study and provide a report to Congress and the Secretaries of Treasury and Labor on benefits, risks, and barriers to retirement investing in digital assets.

June 07 2022