(March 26, 2021) Today is the effective date of NCUA’s new rule on joint ownership share accounts, which essentially permits the use of records other than signed membership cards or account signature cards as evidence that a jointly owned account qualifies for share insurance coverage apart from individually owned accounts. The final rule was approved by the NCUA Board at its February meeting … A new version (for this Congress) of the “Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act” (SAFE Banking Act, H.R. 1996) – which aims to provide protections for financial institutions serving cannabis-based businesses where it is legal – was introduced March 18 in the House by Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Warren Davidson (R-Ohio). The legislation is similar to bills introduced (and which passed the House in 2019), but yet to become law, in previous Congresses … A Senate vote Thursday sent a bill extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to May 31 to President Joe Biden for his signature; the bill had previously been approved by the House. The Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act (H.R. 1799) would allow loan applications to the program—currently set to expire on March 31—for two more months and give the Small Business Administration (SBA) 30 additional days to process loan applications made by the new May 31 deadline … An April 14 webinar on BSA/AML compliance has been scheduled by NCUA, to provide updates on recently issued BSA statements, actions for managing high-risk accounts and highlights of the 2020 Anti-Money Laundering Act. The webinar is slated to start at 2 p.m. ET and last about an hour. (NASCUS and CUNA jointly host an annual BSA/AML compliance conference, scheduled again this year for the coming fall.) … Mark your calendars for the April 22 Pierre Jay Awards 2021 virtual presentation ceremony, getting underway at 2 p.m. ET. There is no charge for attending the event, although registration is required. Three leaders of the state system — Patty Idol, Kim Santos and Sarah Vega — are being recognized for the 2021 awards, which are the highest honors bestowed by NASCUS for persons or entities demonstrating service, commitment and leadership to the state system.