Crackdown on high-interest loans — blocked for ten years in Richmond — clears a crucial hurdle that is first

Crackdown on high-interest loans — blocked for ten years in Richmond — clears a crucial hurdle that is first

RICHMOND — A bill that bans the type of online loans that hit Virginians with interest levels often surpassing 900% passed an integral first hurdle in the General Assembly on Thursday.

The legislation focusing on the internet organizations additionally would slash fees levied for payday, vehicle name along with other loans that are short-term.

It passed the home work and Commerce Committee 14-8. a bill that is similar sponsored by state Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, comes ahead of the comparable Senate committee later on this thirty days.

The General Assembly has rejected efforts to chip away at the loopholes in existing rules and caps on interest rates — some of which translate to triple-digit interest rates for more than a decade.Continue reading