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State and Nation

May 6, 2013

Bills limiting payday loans dead in Legislature

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Efforts by some legislators to put new restrictions on payday loans and title loans are dead for the 2013 session of the Alabama Legislature.

Two Democratic representatives from Birmingham, Rod Scott and Patricia Todd, sponsored bills to lower the interest rates that could be charged on payday loans and title loans to 36 percent annually. The bills stalled in a House committee after industry leaders said the bills would put them out of business.

Then Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston offered a bill to lower rates on payday loans, but not as much as the House legislation. His bill also drew industry opposition. Marsh said his bill is dead because there isn't enough support or time left in the session to pass it.

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