Governor Signs Bill to Make Increased Access to Consumer Loans Program Permanent

September 22, 2016

Sacramento, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), today announced that Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 948 which would eliminate the sunset date of January 1st, 2018 for the pilot program Increased Access to Responsible Small Dollar Loans and make it permanent for Californians.  This new law which goes into effect on January 1, 2017 will continue to increase the availability of responsible small dollar installment loans of at least $300 but less than $2,500.
 “Unlike other loan programs for individuals with low or no credit, the Small Dollar Loan program provides the opportunity for individuals to build or re-establish their credit and eventually have access to more traditional forms of credit,” expressed Senator Ben Hueso.   “This loan program has proven to be a success and I thank the Governor for making this program now permanent for all Californians.” 

In 2011, the California Legislature created a pilot program which was intended to increase the availability of installment loans on terms that were more affordable to borrowers and would help them build or reestablish their credit scores.  Until this program came to place, many Californians with low or no credit only had access to high cost loans with triple digit interest rates and with no ability to build credit to access lower interest loans.  

In the last four years, the Department of Business Oversight, which oversees the program, has reported that repeat customers of the pilot program have seen their credit increase an average of 355 points.   Making the Increased Access to Small Dollar Loans program permanent will encourage more lenders to participate in providing these loans and give comfort to existing companies to expand, enhancing low income Californian’s access to affordable credit.