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Rep. Lipps Applauds Legislature's Approval of Payday Lending Reform Legislation

House Bill 123 aimed at lowering fees and interest rates, helping borrowers avoid debt cycles
July 25, 2018
P. Scott Lipps News

State Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) today applauded the Ohio House’s concurrence on Senate changes to House Bill 123, legislation sponsored by Reps. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) and Michael Ashford (D-Toledo). The bipartisan bill will reform the state’s payday lending industry and is aimed at lowering interest rates on loans and helping borrowers avoid endless debt cycles.

House Bill 123 caps interest rates at 28 percent, consistent with the limit enacted by the legislature and overwhelmingly approved by voters 10 years ago. It requires loans with durations shorter than 90 days to adhere to an income-adjusted repayment scale and creates a maximum term of one year, capping the principal loan amount at $1000.

“House Bill 123 is a long overdue reform of a lending system that targets the most vulnerable Ohioans. I am proud to have worked on such important legislation and commend my colleagues for their tireless efforts on this bill,” said Rep Lipps.

The legislation also closes loopholes and clarifies statutes regulating the payday lending industry, including the Short-Term Loan Act, to ensure payday lenders are operating under intended guidelines. Additionally, House Bill 123 prohibits borrowers from owing more than $2500 in outstanding principal at a time from multiple licensees, while continuing to protect them by limiting monthly maintenance fees to either 10 percent of the principal or $30, whichever is less. It creates further regulations by capping the overall fees for a loan at 60 percent of the principal.

House Bill 123, which seeks to protect consumers while still maintaining access to credit, now heads to the Governor’s desk for his consideration.