2017 ORS 708A.190¹
Acceptance of drafts and bills of exchange
  • issuance of letters of credit
  • obligation for participation share in bills
  • rules

(1) An Oregon commercial bank may accept drafts or bills of exchange drawn upon it having not more than six months’ sight to run, exclusive of days of grace, that grow out of transactions involving the importation or exportation of goods, or that grow out of the domestic shipment of goods, or that are secured at the time of acceptance by a warehouse receipt or other such document conveying or securing title covering readily marketable staples.

(2) An Oregon commercial bank shall not accept drafts or bills of exchange or issue letters of credit, whether in a foreign or domestic transaction, for any one person to an amount equal at any one time in the aggregate to more than 20 percent of its capital, unless the Oregon commercial bank is fully secured either by attached documents or by some other actual security growing out of the same transaction as the acceptance or letter of credit.

(3) Except as provided in subsection (5) of this section, an Oregon commercial bank shall not accept bills or issue letters of credit, or be obligated for a participation share in bills, to an amount equal at any time in the aggregate to more than 150 percent of its capital. The aggregate of acceptances or bills, including obligations for a participation share in such acceptances, growing out of domestic transactions shall not exceed 50 percent of the aggregate of all acceptances, including obligations for a participation share in such acceptances, authorized for the Oregon commercial bank under this section.

(4) An Oregon commercial bank may accept drafts or bills of exchange drawn upon it having not more than six months’ sight to run, exclusive of days of grace, drawn under rules prescribed by the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services or bankers in foreign countries or dependencies or insular possessions of the United States for the purpose of furnishing dollar exchange, as required by the usages of trade in the respective countries, dependencies or insular possessions. An Oregon commercial bank shall not accept the drafts or bills of exchange for any one bank to any amount exceeding in the aggregate 20 percent of the capital of the accepting Oregon commercial bank, unless the draft or bill of exchange is accompanied by documents conveying or securing the title or by some other adequate security. An Oregon commercial bank shall not accept the drafts or bills of exchange in an amount exceeding at any time the aggregate of its capital.

(5) The director, under such conditions as the director may prescribe, may authorize, by rule or order, any Oregon commercial bank to accept bills and issue letters of credit, or be obligated for a participation share in bills, in an amount not exceeding at any time in the aggregate 200 percent of its capital. [1997 c.631 §134]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 708A—Regulation of Institutions Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors708A.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.