Monday, February 23, 2009

Ohio HB 545 Zombies Cry Foul When Payday Loans Play Fair

House Bill 545 doesn’t play nice with other laws

Wallet, meet overdraft fees

Wallet, meet overdraft fees

Payday loans in Ohio have weathered the storm of House Bill 545. This we know.  But let’s take a closer look at what opponents of payday loans are concerned about. An editorial by Marc Kovac of Dix Communications, a media conglomerate that no doubt has interest in the banking industry, should shed some light on the matter.

Governor Strickland has voiced concern that if lenders are using Ohio’s Small Loan Act to lend at the same rates as before, they may be violating the new law of House Bill 545. So what he’s saying is that the pay day loan companies left in Ohio may be breaking the law by following the law. Not only is that not the problem of the lenders, but it should be noted that lenders are working within applicable laws. They are cooperating with state government.

Payday lenders cooperate, adapt

Payday loans have adapted to existing laws. When House Bill 545 placed an oppressive 28 percent annual interest cap on short-term consumer loans, stores closed and hard-working individuals lost their jobs. None of this was necessary. Those against HB 545 predicted that the bill would put 6,000 Ohioans out of work. Much of that fear was recognized once the bill passed. Over 500 stores closed, according to Ohio Department of Commerce Legislative Director Ernie Davis. ... click here to read the rest of the article titled "Ohio HB 545 Zombies Cry Foul When Payday Loans Play Fair"

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