American Savings Promotion Act
The American Savings Promotion Act (H.R. 3374; Pub.L. 113–251) is a United States federal statute that authorizes some financial institutions to conduct a contest, known as a "savings promotion raffle," in which the sole consideration required for a chance of winning designated prizes is obtained by the deposit of a specified amount of money in a savings account or program, where each ticket or entry has an equal chance of being drawn.
The bill was introduced into the United States House of Representatives during the 113th United States Congress by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D, WA-6). A companion piece of legislation was introduced into the United States Senate by Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
The bill passed the House on a voice vote on September 15, 2014 and passed the Senate by unanimous consent on December 10, 2014. It was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 18, 2014 and became Public Law No: 113-251.
In October 2013, there were eight states that had laws which allowed banks and credit unions to run contests that rewarded customers who saved money.
Provisions of the bill
The American Savings Promotion Act would amend the Revised Statutes of the United States, the Federal Reserve Act, the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, and the Home Owners' Loan Act to authorize covered financial institutions to conduct a contest, known as a "savings promotion raffle," in which the sole consideration required for a chance of winning designated prizes is obtained by the deposit of a specified amount of money in a savings account or program, where each ticket or entry has an equal chance of being drawn. Subjects such a drawing contest to regulations promulgated by the appropriate prudential regulator.
The bill would exclude such a "savings promotion raffle" from the prohibition against a covered financial institution's dealing in "lottery" tickets.
The bill would amend the federal criminal code to exempt savings promotion raffles conducted by an insured depository institution or an insured credit union from specified prohibitions against interstate and foreign travel or transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises.
The American Savings Promotion Act was introduced into the United States House of Representatives on October 29, 2013 by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D, WA-6). Representatives Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Niki Tsongas (D-MA) were initial co-sponsors of the bill. The bill was referred to the United States House Committee on Financial Services, the United States House Committee on the Judiciary, the United States House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, and the United States House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. On September 15, 2014, the House agreed on a motion to suspend the rules and to pass the bill by voice vote.
The American Savings Promotion Act was received in the United States Senate on September 16, 2014 and referred it to the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. On December 10, 2014, the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee discharged the bill by unanimous consent and on that same day, the Senate passed the bill without amendment by unanimous consent.
Debate and discussion
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) praised the passage of the bill, describing it as "common sense." Moran argued that the bill "has broad bipartisan support and represents smart and sensible policy that ought not be derailed by campaign politics."
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