Carl Ruby

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Some major proposed changes are coming to a bill that passed the Ohio House overwhelmingly earlier this month cracking down on the payday lending industry in Ohio.

payday lending sign
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The Ohio House was forced to cancel its Wednesday session as Republicans failed to reach an agreement on who should be the next House speaker. That decision means more than a dozen bills that were set for a vote were delayed.

Among those were a long-drawn out bill that would overhaul and crack down on the payday lending industry.

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A bill to crack down on payday lending passed an Ohio House committee without any changes, a week after the House Speaker resigned and a vote on the bill was halted.

Supporters of a bill that reform payday lending gather at the Ohio Statehouse.
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An anti-payday lender group is crying foul after a bill to reform the industry was once again delayed in committee. The coalition says the hesitation from lawmakers only intensifies their drive to put the issue on the November ballot.

Payday lending office
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A battle is brewing over payday lending in Ohio. There are more than 650 storefronts in the state but the industry argues that a new bill threatens to shut them all down. However, consumer advocates say payday lending has been skirting around state law for years to prey on desperate borrowers.

Supporters of a bill that reform payday lending gather at the Ohio Statehouse.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Advocates pushing for a crackdown on payday lenders in Ohio are one step closer to getting their reform proposal on the November ballot. The group says they’re tired of waiting on lawmakers to act, so they’re going straight to the voters.

Supporters of a bill that reform payday lending gather at the Ohio Statehouse.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

The group pushing for payday lending reform is taking their fight outside of the Statehouse and to Ohio voters. Advocates hope to put an issue that caps interest rates on the ballot.