Committee chairman kills divisive payday lending bill

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An Indiana Senate committee chairman has killed a payday lending bill that critics charge would have allowed predatory lending practices.

A spokesman for Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, said he ruled out giving the bill a hearing in his Commerce and Technology committee. That effectively killed the bill, which was previously approved by the House.

Messmer's decision comes after the Senate leader David Long of Fort Wayne said that he is "not of big fan" of the bill. It was also opposed by faith-based groups.

It's a felony under state law to offer loans with an annual percentage rate of more than 72 percent. But the bill called for the creation of a new type of payday loan that would have allowed for annual percentage rates of up to 222 percent.

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