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  166.505.  Program created, Missouri education savings program board to administer, powers and duties — investment of funds. — 1.  There is hereby created the "Missouri Higher Education Deposit Program".  The program shall be administered by the Missouri education savings program board.

  2.  In order to establish and administer the deposit program, the board, in addition to its other powers and authority, shall have the power and authority to:

  (1)  Develop and implement the Missouri higher education deposit program and, notwithstanding any provision of sections 166.500 to 166.529 to the contrary, the deposit programs and services consistent with the purposes and objectives of sections 166.500 to 166.529;

  (2)  Promulgate reasonable rules and regulations and establish policies and procedures to implement sections 166.500 to 166.529, to permit the deposit program to qualify as a qualified state tuition program pursuant to Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code and to ensure the deposit program's compliance with all applicable laws;

  (3)  Develop and implement educational programs and related informational materials for participants, either directly or through a contractual arrangement with a financial institution or other entities for deposit educational services, and their families, including special programs and materials to inform families with children of various ages regarding methods for financing education and training beyond high school;

  (4)  Enter into an agreement with any financial institution, entity, or business clearinghouse for the operation of the deposit program pursuant to sections 166.500 to 166.529; providing however, that such institution, entity, or clearinghouse shall be a private for-profit or not-for-profit entity and not a government agency.  No more than one board member may have a direct interest in such institution, entity, or clearinghouse.  Such institution, entity, or clearinghouse shall implement the board's policies and administer the program for the board and with electing depository institutions and others;

  (5)  Enter into participation agreements with participants;

  (6)  Accept any grants, gifts, legislative appropriations, and other moneys from the state, any unit of federal, state, or local government or any other person, firm, partnership, or corporation for deposit to the account of the deposit program;

  (7)  Invest the funds received from participants in appropriate investment instruments to be held by depository institutions or directly deposit such funds in depository institutions as provided by the board and elected by the participants;

  (8)  Make appropriate payments and distributions on behalf of beneficiaries pursuant to participation agreements;

  (9)  Make refunds to participants upon the termination of participation agreements pursuant to the provisions, limitations, and restrictions set forth in sections 166.500 to 166.529 and the rules adopted by the board;

  (10)  Make provision for the payment of costs of administration and operation of the deposit program;

  (11)  Effectuate and carry out all the powers granted by sections 166.500 to 166.529, and have all other powers necessary to carry out and effectuate the purposes, objectives, and provisions of sections 166.500 to 166.529 pertaining to the deposit program;

  (12)  Procure insurance, guarantees, or other protections against any loss in connection with the assets or activities of the deposit program, as the members in their best judgment deem necessary;

  (13)  To both adopt and implement various methods of transferring money by electronic means to efficiently transfer funds to depository institutions for deposit, and in addition or in the alternative, to allow funds to be transferred by agent agreements, assignment, or otherwise, provided such transfer occurs within two business days;

  (14)  To both adopt and implement methods and policies designed to obtain the maximum insurance of such funds for each participant permitted and provided for by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or any other federal agency insuring deposits, and taking into consideration the law and regulation promulgated by such federal agencies for deposit insurance.

  3.  The funds shall be invested only in those investments which a prudent person acting in a like capacity and familiar with such matters would use in the conduct of an enterprise of a like character and with like aims, as provided in section 105.688, as a means to hold funds until they are placed in a Missouri depository institution as a deposit.  The board may delegate to duly appointed representatives of financial institutions authority to act in place of the board in the investment and reinvestment of all or part of the moneys and may also delegate to such representatives the authority to act in place of the board in the holding, purchasing, selling, assigning, transferring, or disposing of any or all of the investments in which such moneys shall have been invested, as well as the proceeds of such investments and such moneys, however, such investments shall be limited to certificates of deposit and other deposits in federally insured depository institutions.  Such representatives shall be registered as qualified student deposit advisors on Section 529 plans with the board and such board shall, by rule, develop and administer qualification tests from time to time to provide representatives the opportunity to qualify for this program.  In exercising or delegating its investment powers and authority, members of the board shall exercise ordinary business care and prudence under the facts and circumstances prevailing at the time of the action or decision.  No member of the board shall be liable for any action taken or omitted with respect to the exercise of, or delegation of, these powers and authority if such member shall have discharged the duties of his or her position in good faith and with that degree of diligence, care, and skill which a prudent person acting in a like capacity and familiar with these matters would use in the conduct of an enterprise of a like character and with like aims.

  4.  No board member or employee of the deposit program shall personally receive any gain or profit from any funds or transaction of the deposit program as a result of his or her membership on the board.  Any board member, employee, or agent of the deposit program accepting any gratuity or compensation for the purpose of influencing such board member's, employee's, or agent's action with respect to choice of intermediary, including any financial institution, entity, or clearinghouse, for the funds of the deposit program shall thereby forfeit the office and in addition thereto be subject to the penalties prescribed for bribery.  However, a board member who is regularly employed directly or indirectly by a financial institution may state that institution's interest and absent himself or herself from voting.

  5.  Depository institutions originating the deposit program shall be the agent of the board and offer terms for certificates of deposit and other deposits in such program as permitted by the board, subject to a uniform interest rate disclosure as defined in federal regulations of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, specifically Federal Reserve Regulation DD, as amended from time to time.  The board shall establish various deposit opportunities based on amounts deposited and length of time held that are uniformly available to all depository institutions that elect to participate in the program, and the various categories of fixed or variable rates shall be the only interest rates available under this program.  A depository institution that originates the deposit as agent for the board and participates in the program shall receive back and continue to hold the certificate of deposit or other deposit, provided such depository institution continues to comply with requirements and regulations prescribed by the board.  Such deposit and certificate of deposit shall be titled in the name of the clearing entity for the benefit of the participant, and shall be insured as permitted by any agency of the federal government that insures deposits in depository institutions.  Any depository institution or intermediary that fails to comply with these provisions shall forfeit its right to participate in this program; provided however, the board shall be the sole and exclusive judge of compliance except as otherwise provided by provisions in Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code and the Internal Revenue Service enforcement of such section.

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(L. 2004 H.B. 959 § 166.515, A.L. 2018 S.B. 882)


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