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File #: Res 0053-2004    Version: * Name: Prohibit foreign banking corporations from issuing payday loans. (A3480)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Consumer Affairs
On agenda: 2/4/2004
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass A.3480, to prohibit foreign banking corporations from issuing payday loans.
Sponsors: Michael C. Nelson, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Helen Sears, Charles Barron, Simcha Felder, Lewis A. Fidler, Alan J. Gerson, Robert Jackson, G. Oliver Koppell, Margarita Lopez, Joel Rivera, David I. Weprin, Yvette D. Clarke, Letitia James, James Sanders, Jr., John C. Liu
Council Member Sponsors: 16
Attachments: 1. Committee Report, 2. Hearing Transcript 12/2/04
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2005*Michael C. Nelson City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/2/2004*Michael C. Nelson Committee on Consumer Affairs Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/2/2004*Michael C. Nelson Committee on Consumer Affairs Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/4/2004*Michael C. Nelson City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/4/2004*Michael C. Nelson City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Res. No. 53

Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass A.3480, to prohibit foreign banking corporations from issuing payday loans.

 

 

By Council Members Nelson, Comrie, Sears, Barron, Felder, Fidler, Gerson, Jackson, Koppell, Lopez, Rivera, Weprin, Clarke, James, Sanders and Liu

 

                     Whereas, Many banking corporations located outside of New York State make short-term loans to New Yorkers with astronomical rates of interest; and

                     Whereas, These loans are referred to by many names, including “payday loans,” “cash advance loans,” “post-dated check loans,” and “deferred deposits;” and

                     Whereas, Recipients of payday loans receive cash in return for a post-dated check repaying the loans plus a finance fee; and

                     Whereas, The lender holds this check until the customer’s next payday at which time the borrower may redeem the check for cash, allow the lender to deposit the check, or roll over the loan by paying another fee; and

                     Whereas, A recent survey of 230 payday lenders in 20 states found the average payday loan annual percentage rate (APR) was 474 percent; and

Whereas, A study conducted by the Woodstock Institute found that 19 percent of payday loan customers make less than $15,000 per year, and another 39 percent make between $15,000 and $25,000; and

                     Whereas, There are already strict controls on payday lenders within New York State; and

Whereas, Assembly Bill 3480 would prevent foreign banking corporations from issuing payday loans by making it unlawful to issue loans that result in an annual interest rate in excess of 25 percent; and

Whereas, Payday lenders prey upon New York’s working poor, trapping many in spiraling debt service fees; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass A.3480, to prohibit foreign banking corporations from issuing payday loans.