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Ohio Poverty Law Journal

Loan Sharking and Payday Lending

March 2014

In the struggle to regulate the short term, small dollar loan industry, one theory regularly pops up.  This theory states that if such loans are capped and regulated, violent loan sharks will take the place of legitimate small loan businesses that would not be able to survive under such onerous regulation.  The violent loan shark […]

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Micahel R Smalz’, Senior Attorney, Ohio Poverty Law Center, testimony on H.B. 333 before the House Judiciary Committe

February 2014

Mr. Smalz states in his testimony: “OPLC strongly opposes H.B. 333 because it undermines state disability discrimination law and ostensibly undermines the federal ADA, is both overbroad and unnecessary, would reward unscrupulous property owners who intentionally violate disability discrimination laws, and would mislead property owners and business into thinking they have a legal immunity under […]

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Advocates Call on Govenor to Waive Food Stamp Work Requirments

December 2013

On Tuesday, December 17, OPLC Director Gene King joined other low income advocates in a press conference calling on Governor Kasich to request the available federal waiver that would exempt as many as 134,000 poor Ohioans from program work requirements.  To read NBC4i’s news coverage, click here.

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