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Payday Lender Crackdown Continues its Move Toward the 2019 Ballot

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KAREN KASLER
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Don Brey speaks to Ohio Ballot Board at its meeting Tuesday

A crackdown on payday lenders that lawmakers haven’t passed is a step closer to going before voters next year.

 

The Short-Term Loan Consumer Protection Amendment will look familiar to many, according to Don Brey, the lawyer for the group of activists and faith leaders that wants it approved.

“It’s basically, with a couple tweaks, the same as H.B. 123.”

That’s the bill that would impose a strict 28 percent interest rate cap on payday loans, along with other restrictions on fees, rules and disclosures. It’s passed a House committee but hasn’t come to the floor because there’s still no Ohio House speaker.

The bill is strongly opposed by payday lenders, who say it could shut down stores and cut off access to people who need those loans. Advocates for the interest-rate caps need to collect more than 300,000 signatures to make it onto next year’s November ballot.