Push to Advance Payday Lending Bill Included in Budget-Related Bill the Senate Will Consider Today

July 3, 2013
Patriot-News (PA) 
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The Pennsylvania General Assembly has long been stuck on legislation that proposes to bring payday lending stores to the state, but a new bill included a provision that would have moved it forward in the Senate. The Senate, however, passed an amended version of the bill, called the fiscal code, that removed a controversial payday-lending provision. The 57-page bill expressed legislative interest in passing a payday-lending bill by Oct. 31, 2013. Senate Republicans claimed to be unaware of this provision, and Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh County), who has been working toward payday-lending legislation, did not like it. Payday-lending opponents called this tactic underhanded. Kerry Smith, staff attorney of Community Legal Services, said the coalition of social service, veteran, and church-based groups is opposed to payday lending and “is shocked and disappointed that the payday lenders would try to sneak language like this in at the last minute when it’s clear there is broad-based opposition around the state to bringing these high-cost loans into Pennsylvania.”
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