(A) A bank with its principal place of business in this state proposing to establish a banking office shall submit an application to the superintendent of financial institutions. The superintendent shall determine whether to accept an application for processing within ten business days after receiving the application. The superintendent shall approve or disapprove the application within sixty days after accepting it unless approval is withheld under division (E) of this section.
(B) If the superintendent accepts the application, the bank shall, within ten days after receipt of the superintendent's notice of acceptance, publish notice of its proposed banking office in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the proposed banking office is to be located and in the county where the bank currently maintains its principal place of business. The notice shall state that comments on the proposed banking office must be delivered to the division of financial institutions within fourteen days after the date the notice is published, and shall provide the division's address.
(C) If the superintendent determines any comment delivered to the division regarding a proposed banking office is relevant to the criteria set forth in this section for approval of a banking office, the superintendent shall investigate the comment in any manner the superintendent considers appropriate.
(D) In determining whether to approve a proposed banking office, the superintendent shall consider all of the following:
(1) The adequacy of the bank's management;
(2) The adequacy of the bank's capital;
(3) The effect establishment of the banking office will have on the interests of the bank's depositors and shareholders or members;
(4) The bank's lending record in helping to meet the credit needs of its entire community, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, consistent with both the safe and sound operation of the bank and the "Community Reinvestment Act of 1977," 91 Stat. 1147, 12 U.S.C. 2901, as amended;
(5) Any other reasonable criteria the superintendent may establish.
(E)(1) If the superintendent determines, upon consideration of the criteria set forth in division (D) of this section, that the banking office should otherwise be approved, but the bank's lending record is not satisfactory in helping to meet the credit needs of its entire community as prescribed in division (D)(4) of this section, the superintendent shall withhold action on the application for the banking office and shall notify the bank of that decision. The bank shall, within sixty days after receipt of the notice from the superintendent, submit to the superintendent a written affirmative action lending program, which shall be a public record. The superintendent shall, within thirty days after receipt of the affirmative action lending program, determine whether the program is acceptable. If the program is not acceptable, or the bank fails to submit an affirmative action lending program within the sixty days, the superintendent shall disapprove the banking office. If the affirmative action lending program is acceptable, the superintendent shall approve the banking office.
(2)(a) In order to determine whether a bank is complying with its affirmative action lending program, the superintendent may do either of the following:
(i) The superintendent may require the bank to submit periodic reports that summarize actions it has taken to implement or maintain its affirmative action lending program. The reports shall be in a form prescribed by the superintendent, but shall not contain any information that identifies an applicant for a loan. The reports are public records and shall be made available to any person upon request.
(ii) Upon written complaint by any person, or upon the superintendent's own initiative, the superintendent may hold a public hearing. The superintendent may hold no more than one hearing every two years on each affirmative action lending program.
(b) If the superintendent determines, as a result of findings made under division (E)(2)(a) of this section, that a bank is not in compliance with its affirmative action lending program, the superintendent shall order the bank to comply within a period of time determined by the superintendent. Failure to comply with that order shall be a violation of a condition imposed by the superintendent for purposes of sections 1121.32, 1121.33, 1121.35, and 1121.41 of the Revised Code.
(3) As used in division (E) of this section, "affirmative action lending program" means a program to remedy any deficiency of a bank in helping to meet the credit needs of its entire community.