Thursday, July 28, 2016

Rep. McCune Davis, House Democrats urge consumer protection agency to tighten loopholes on potential debt trap loans


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – All House Democrats signed a letter from Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 30), urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to strengthen proposed rules for high-cost loans, citing continued predatory lending risks.
                                   
McCune Davis addressed the letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray applauding agency efforts to curb predatory lending practices and advising that, despite Arizona laws that cap small loan interest rates, some “lenders continue to seek exemptions and carve outs.”

“In our state, many former payday lenders don’t have a good track record,” McCune Davis said. “We’ve seen them take advantage of weaknesses in the laws. They find and exploit loopholes.”

McCune Davis and her colleagues encouraged the CFPB to propose rules to close regulatory loopholes, like those for title loans under Arizona statutes.  The letter also encourages the CFPB to require lenders to consider a borrower’s ability to repay a loan – taking both income and expenses into consideration for all loan products.

The letter reads: “CFPB rules should prevent loans from becoming debt traps by limiting the duration of indebtedness.”

The CFPB is taking public comment on high-risk loan products through Oct. 7, 2016.

People can send comments to CFPB Director Cordray by going to this link: http://stoppaydaypredators.org/az/. To see a full copy of the letter House Democrats sent to the CFPB, see below. 







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