KDFW Fox 4: Lawmakers advance predatory lending bill

April 23, 2013

Texas lawmakers are advancing a proposal to regulate short-term loans that carry high interest rates.  The state Senate on Monday approved a bill aimed at so-called payday lending. It still must pass the House.  Some of the loans charge in excess of 500% interest plus numerous fees.  More than a dozen states ban the loans. Others cap the interest rates. Several Texas cities have adopted local restrictions on the lenders.  Republican Senator John Carona of Dallas has said regulating the loans statewide could save consumers $220 million a year.  But critics in the Legislature have accused Carona of protecting the industry with a bill enshrining only weak restrictions.  Read more here.