Payday Lending

May 9, 2018

Payday lending expansion bill fails in House

The House Commerce Committee on Wednesday rejected a push by the national payday lending industry to expand its Louisiana operations and make the debt trap deeper and longer for vulnerable borrowers. Witnesses testified to the harms payday lending already subjects Louisiana families to, as well as the availability of much cheaper and less harmful alternatives.… Read more...

May 1, 2018

Senate Bill Expands Predatory Payday Lending

BATON ROUGE — Legislation backed by the national payday lending industry that would expand their operations in the state narrowly passed the Louisiana Senate by a vote of 20-17 on Tuesday. Predatory payday already lending drains more than $240 million each year from Louisiana workers by saddling vulnerable borrowers with high-interest loans that they often cannot afford.Read more...

April 9, 2018

Analysis: SB 365 expands the predatory debt trap

Predatory payday lending drains more than $240 million each year from Louisiana workers by saddling vulnerable borrowers with high-interest loans that they often cannot afford. But instead of working to address this problem, the Legislature is considering a bill that would make it worse.Read more...

March 23, 2018

Policy Brief: Installment Loan Act Would Expand Predatory Lending in Louisiana

The Louisiana Installment Loan Act (House Bill 501/Senate Bill 365) would expand the payday loan industry in Louisiana by allowing payday lenders and car title lenders to offer longer-term “installment loans.” Installment loans are similar to high-interest payday loans, but allow borrowers to take out larger loans for longer periods of time.Read more...