Senate Bill No. 276
Introduced By _______________________________________________________________________________
A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act changing the computation of finance charges under the Montana Retail Installment Sales Act; and amending section
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:
Section 1. Section 31-1-241, MCA, is amended to read:
"31-1-241. Finance charge limitation. (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, the finance charge included
in a retail installment contract
shall must be at a rate agreed upon by the retail seller and the buyer.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, the finance charge included in a retail charge account agreement
must be at a rate agreed upon by the retail seller and the buyer. (a)(3) Except as provided in subsection (2)(b), the The finance charge shall must be computed from month to month
(which need not be a calendar month) or other over another regular billing cycle period by using either: the average daily
balance of the account during the billing cycle without including in the computation the amount of purchases charged to the
account during that billing cycle. (b) Nothing in this section prevents a retail seller and a buyer from agreeing to the computation of the finance charge by
using the ending balance of the account as of the last day of the billing cycle period less the amount of purchases charged to
the account during that billing cycle.
(a) the average daily balance in the account in the billing cycle period; or
(b) the ending balance of the account as of the last day of the billing cycle period less the amount of total purchases charged to the account during that billing cycle.
(3)(4) A seller may change the terms of a revolving charge account whether or not the change is authorized by prior
agreement. The seller shall give the buyer written notice of any change in the two billing cycles cycle prior to the effective
date of the change. (4)(5) If the retail seller increases his the finance charge on a retail charge account agreement, then such the increased rate
may only be applied to the balance consisting of purchases on other charges incurred on or after the effective date of the
increase. (5)(6) For purposes of determining the balance to which the increased rate applies, all payments may be considered to be
applied to the balance existing prior to the change in rate until that balance is paid in full. (6)(7) If the finance charge determined pursuant to subsection (2) for a monthly period is less than 50 cents, a maximum
finance charge not in excess of 50 cents may be charged and collected for such the period."