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Keizer will await 2007 payday-loan law

August 9, 2006 - Salem, Oregon

Keizer leaders have decided that a state law restricting payday loans is enough for their city, even though it won't go into effect until next summer.

The City Council voted 5-2 Monday against further discussion of a separate law with an earlier time frame, said Keizer City Councilor Charles Lee, who proposed the ordinance.

"I'm disappointed that we won't give citizens a chance to look at this in more depth," Lee said.

Similar ordinances are in effect in Bend, Oregon City, Silverton, Troutdale, Gresham and Portland.

"The (state) law is one of the most restrictive in the country," said councilor Troy Nichols, who voted against considering an ordinance for Keizer. "We only have three (lenders) in Keizer that offer those types of loans."

Councilor Richard Walsh was the only other city councilor to vote in favor of taking a closer look.

"I think there's an issue there," he said. "Whether we needed to do more than what the Legislature has already done, I don't know, but I was in favor of looking into it."

Councilors had two main concerns, Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher said.

"There were suggestions that this could become a campaign issue," she said. "And there just wasn't any support for it."

The other issue is the use of resources toward something that already has been decided.

"To waste staff time to deal with this when an ordinance doing the same thing will go into effect in a few months is a tremendous waste of time," Nichols said.

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Statesman Journal, Timothy Alex Akimoff, Staff Writer

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