Bates Research | 10-25-19
New Federal Legislation Progressing on BSA, Beneficial Ownership and Cannabis Financing
On September 26, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill to strengthen the authority of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to fight money laundering. Called the ILLICIT CASH Act, the legislation would establish federal reporting requirements for beneficial ownership information. A similar bill, sponsored by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, titled the Corporate Transparency Act, passed a vote in the House of Representatives this week. The House also passed its version of the SAFE Banking Act to remove legal uncertainty for regulated banks and credit unions that provide banking services to cannabis businesses. These bills have the potential to significantly impact AML/BSA compliance programs. In this article, Bates Research takes a closer look at their potential impact.