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File #: Res 0138-2004    Version: Name: Amend the current federal banking laws to better protect consumers from the dangers of payday loans.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Consumer Affairs
On agenda: 2/26/2004
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to enact legislation to amend the current federal banking laws in order to allow states to better guard consumers from the potential risks of payday loans.
Sponsors: Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Michael C. Nelson, Helen Sears, Gifford Miller, Maria Baez, Charles Barron, Gale A. Brewer, Yvette D. Clarke, Simcha Felder, Lewis A. Fidler, James F. Gennaro, Alan J. Gerson, Eric N. Gioia, Robert Jackson, Allan W. Jennings, Jr., Melinda R. Katz, G. Oliver Koppell, Margarita Lopez, Bill Perkins, Christine C. Quinn, Philip Reed, James Sanders, Jr., David I. Weprin, David Yassky, Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Helen D. Foster, Letitia James, John C. Liu, Hiram Monserrate, Betsy Gotbaum
Council Member Sponsors: 30
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 12/2/04, 2. Hearing Transcript 12/2/04, 3. Committee Report 1/31/05, 4. Hearing Transcript 1/31/05, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2/2/05
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2/2/2005ALeroy G. Comrie, Jr. City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
1/31/2005*Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/31/2005*Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/31/2005*Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/31/2005ALeroy G. Comrie, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/2/2004*Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/2/2004*Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/26/2004*Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/26/2004*Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Res. No. 138-A

 

Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to enact legislation to amend the current federal banking laws in order to allow states to better guard consumers from the potential risks of payday loans.

 

By Council Members Comrie, Nelson, Sears and The Speaker (Council Member Miller), Baez, Barron, Brewer, Clarke, Felder, Fidler, Gennaro, Gerson, Gioia, Jackson, Jennings, Katz, Koppell, Lopez, Perkins, Quinn, Reed, Sanders, Weprin, Yassky, Addabbo, Foster, James, Liu, Monserrate and The Public Advocate (Ms. Gotbaum)

 

                     Whereas, Payday lending is a rapidly expanding form of short-term credit that uses a borrower's personal check as collateral and often appeals to individuals with limited access to affordable credit, in need of cash to meet immediate obligations; and

                     Whereas, The Consumer Federation of America has reported that an estimated 10 million American households paid $2.4 billion in fees for two-week loans during 2001 and project that the industry will continue to grow; and

                     Whereas, According to industry commentators, the Annual Percentage Rate on payday loans range from 390% to 7300% with an average of 500%; and

                     Whereas, Although New York State law permits a maximum rate of 25% per annum, Federal Law permits all federally and nationally chartered lending institutions to export their home interest rate into any state in which they conduct business; and                     Whereas, Many jurisdictions permit their lending institutions to charge exceedingly high rates of interest on consumer loans and some states, including Delaware, set no usury cap whatsoever; and

Whereas, Payday lenders often partner with banks chartered outside New York State to underwrite the loan, therefore, these lenders are subject only to the usury laws in the state in which the bank is chartered; and

Whereas, Present law effectively prohibits the New York State Legislature from acting to protect the citizens of New York from potentially unscrupulous lenders that export rates in violation of New York’s usury limitations; and

Whereas, Federal legislation could ensure that payday loans are responsibly offered by prohibiting out-of-state companies and banks from avoiding state usury laws; and

                     Whereas, Such legislation could effectively protect consumers taking payday loans from perpetual arrears, the use of criminal actions to collect on the debt and other potentially unfair practices employed by the payday institutions; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to enact legislation to amend the current federal banking laws in order to allow states to better guard consumers from the potential risks of payday loans.