Council hears from John Olliver on payday lending
BATON ROUGE - Members of the East Baton Rouge Metro Council heard a presentation about payday lending from an unlikely source Wednesday.
Council members Ronnie Edwards and Donna Collins-Lewis played a portion of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" during the meeting. In the segment, the comedian and HBO show host satirically criticizes the payday lending industry's practices.
The video was played before the two council members' proposal to regulate payday lending in the parish.
Councilwoman Collins-Lewis reminded the rest of the Metro Council that even though the video was humorous, it presented serious issues.
"I know the video may appear funny, but it's not funny," she said, describing how her daughter had been caught up in a payday lending scheme. "It took her forever to get out of the cycle... trying to keep up, trying to catch up, trying to pay up."
Edwards and Collins-Lewis said they wanted to play the video because they received "very little" response to requests to share information about their proposal with other Metro Council members.
After the video the Council voted to defer the item for two weeks.