Missouri Payday Loan Initiative (2012)

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The Missouri Payday Loan Initiative may appear on the November 2012 ballot in the state of Missouri as an initiated state statute.

The proposed measure is sponsored by a group called Missourian's for Responsible Living.[1]

Text of measure

The ballot title for the petition relating to initiative reform reads:[2]

Shall Missouri law be amended to limit the annual rate of interest, fees, and finance charges for payday, title, installment, and consumer credit loans and prohibit such lenders from using other transactions to avoid the rate limit?



State governmental entities could have annual lost revenue estimated at $2.5 to $3.5 million that could be partially offset by expenditure reductions for monitoring industry compliance. Local governmental entities could have unknown total lost revenue related to business license or other business operating fees if the proposal results in business closures.

Background

Payday loans are generally a low, single payment loan that customers repay when their next paycheck is received. According to reports, loan amounts usually range from $100-$500.[3]

The Missouri Division of Finance reports that in 2010 there were an estimated 1,040 payday loan stores and 2.43 million payday loans in the state of Missouri.[3]

A 2007 study by the state division found that of 3,700 borrowers, the average age was 43 and the average income was about $24,000.[3]

Lawsuit

A lawsuit was filed in August 2011. The lawsuit argues that the ballot summary is "inadequate and unfair." Additionally, the suit notes that the cost estimate does not address all possible costs.[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Missouri signature requirements

To qualify for the ballot, the initiative requires signatures from registered voters equal to 5% of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts. Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2012 ballot are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2012.

The measure was certified on August 9, 2011.[2]

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