• Washington State Department of Financial Institutes Warns Consumers About Internet Payday Loans

    Olympia – The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) urges consumers seeking short-term and/or small loans from companies seen on TV or online to be vigilant, read the small print and make sure any company they do business with is licensed to make loans in the state of Washington.

    Consumers should be aware that Internet lenders not licensed in Washington State may also not be adhering to our state’s laws. Because of this, the protections in our state’s laws – including limitations on fees that may be charged and laws relating to collection practices – may not be available to consumers using these services should they have trouble with the lender down the line.

    “Internet payday lenders who are not willing to abide by Washington law are not welcome to do business with Washington consumers,” DFI Director Scott Jarvis said. “As the state regulator, it’s our job to enforce the consumer protection laws adopted by our legislators – businesses refusing to play by the rules should take note – and be prepared for DFI to take action against them.”

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  • Taking Aim at the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Advocates for the National Park System say most of the parks weren’t meant as sites for hunting and recreational shooting – but those could be allowed under a bill approved last week by the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Sponsors of the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act say it’s intended to “enhance opportunities” for recreational fishing, hunting and shooting on public lands. But national parks and monuments are also public lands. If this bill became law, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) says, park managers would have to take specific steps to exempt their sites from allowing recreational gun use.

    Essentially, the land manager has to allow hunting – and if he or she does not, they have to justify through scientific evidence or other ways why it should be prohibited as an activity. So, it basically makes hunting the priority use on all public lands. – Kristen Brengel, the NPCA’s director of legislative and government affairs
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