Rep. Owens to push payday loan cap, says some campaign reforms possible

01/12/2011 07:57 PM

Rep. Darryl T. Owens, a Louisville Democrat, said some portions of the state Senate’s campaign-related legislation might get support in his committee but not a measure calling for moving the candidate filing deadline and primary election.

Owens, who is chairman of the House elections and constitutional amendments committee, said the filing deadline should remain where it is in January and the primary election should stay in May.

One provision in the Senate’s bill that could get traction in the House, he said, calls for adding another campaign finance reporting date 60 days before the general election. A group of elections officials and campaign experts on a task force recommended the new reporting date as part of a report several years ago.

The Senate approved the campaign finance bill last week as part of the Republican majority’s broad agenda. Legislative work resumes Feb. 1.

Owens, in the interview, also said he has called on House Speaker Greg Stumbo to impose a ban on individuals bringing guns into the House gallery where the public can view the lawmakers in action. cn|2 Politics first reported that yesterday after the interview was recorded.

Here’s the discussion about several election and campaign bills, as well as security in the legislative chambers:

Owens also is sponsoring legislation that would cap annual percentage rates on payday loans at 36 percent, similar to 15 other states.

That legislation stalled last year without a hearing. But Rep. Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg and the chairman of the House banking and insurance committee, told Pure Politics last week that he would give it a hearing this session.

Owens and Scott Wegenast, associate state director for communications of the Kentucky AARP, explained the legislation and the reasons behind it on Pure Politics:

- Ryan Alessi


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