Could Big Banks Help Rein in Payday Lenders?

By Mitchell Hartman, Marketplace/American Public Media JPMorgan Chase has announced new policies to limit the ability of online payday lenders to access bank customers’ accounts in order to withdraw improper or unwanted automatic payments. The bank — the largest by assets in the U.S. — says that by late spring, it will stop charging customers repeated overdraft fees […]

VPLC 2013 General Assembly Review

With your support, VPLC’s advocates shepherded through some remarkable legislation in the 2013 General Assembly session. Their work is not over — many bills are awaiting the Governor’s signature, and a veto session will follow. But the following bills and budget amendments are on track. The biggest project in the history of the VPLC is […]

New Domestic Violence Bill Awaits Gov’s Signature

By Monique Coppola, Public News Service- VA Imagine you are a victim of domestic violence or abuse, and you have a court order against your abuser. You feel unsafe in your home and want to move – to be out of harm’s way. Now, imagine your landlord will not let you out of your lease […]

Wiggins Receives Economic and Social Justice Award

Dana Wiggins, who for six years has assisted Virginians who owe money to predatory lenders, will be honored by the National Consumers League with its Florence Kelley Award. Wiggins is the director of outreach and financial advocacy for the Virginia Poverty Law Center and the responsible lending coordinator for the Virginia Partnership to Encourage Responsible […]

House of Representatives passes Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

S. 47, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), passed the House on February 28, 2013, and is now on its way to the President. Eighty-seven Republicans crossed party lines to support an inclusive bill, and it passed by a vote of 286-138. The reauthorization bill enhances responses to sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking […]

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