Legislative and Regulatory Comment Letters
Comment letter submitted in support of recent rules proposed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (ILDFPR) developed in cooperation with the Egan Campaign for Payday Loan Reform.
The 2005 Payday Loan Reform Act applies to loans with terms of 120 or less, which the payday loan industry has circumvented by making loans with terms over 120 days. The proposed rules extended PLRA consumer protections to all payday loans, including those with terms over 120 days. Recent data documents that one-third of payday loans made to Illinois consumers in early February have terms over 120 days.
Woodstock Institute has submitted comment letters to federal banking regulators regarding the Proposed Interagency Questions and Answers regarding Community Reinvestment.
During the 2002-2005 regulatory review process, and again in this Q & A, Woodstock Institute has sought to clarify that any activity for which a bank receives CRA credit should directly impact low- and moderate-income people. Under the current regulatory guidance, banks may receive CRA credit for investing in projects that benefit middle- and upper-income individuals if that project is located in a designated distressed or underserved middle-income non-metropolitan geography or disaster areas. The letter also addresses the key concerns Woodstock Institute has raised during the past year regarding the evaluation of banks under the new intermediate small bank test, how innovative financial services are considered, and how innovative long-term investments should be considered if they extend beyond a single evaluation period.