The legislation, signed Monday by Gov. Rick Scott, authorizes 60- to 90-day loans of up to $1,000. It makes Florida the first state to pass a law designed to blunt the impact of the CFPB’s payday lending rule.
Lobbyists for the payday loan industry are getting a warmer reception in state capitals in 2018 than they did last year. One of their key arguments is that the federal crackdown on payday loans, which is now on hold, requires a response from the states.
House and Senate bills contain a provision that would let financial firms in all states use digital scans of photo IDs to verify identities of prospective customers. That could ease the account-opening process for consumers in areas where branches are few and far between.