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More conflicting testimony on payday loans
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A legislative committee Thursday heard more public testimony that put lawmakers between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, legislators were told that those 2-week loans handed out by payday lending stores are a rip-off. But, on the other hand, lawmakers were told, if they slapped tighter limits on the interest charges, the loans would no longer be available to consumers who needed emergency cash.