Payday-lending foes will get another crack at killing referendum

Fri, Sep 12 2008

A group campaigning to keep a new payday lending law intact will get another opportunity to try to get an industry-backed referendum booted from the November ballot.

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said she will appoint a hearing officer to decide whether consultants hired to collect signatures to get the payday lending measure on the ballot properly filed the petitions with her office.

If they did not, Brunner could invalidate the signatures and strip the referendum from the ballot. Her decision is expected by Sept. 25.