Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mission Accomplished

The army of lobbyists who descended on the capitol this spring to stop the legislature from passing payday loan restrictions managed to make the bills worse and worse until, yesterday, they finally killed the last one.
Senate Bill 84 fell six votes short on a 20-17 vote. The bill needed 26 votes after Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, dealt supporters a blow by declaring it required two-thirds’ approval.

“Citizens lose. Lobbyists win. The voice of the people was silenced by campaign contributions,” the Rev. Lee Wesley, of Baton Rouge, said afterward.
Industry lobbyists in Baton Rouge were shy about commenting afterward.

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