Pennsylvania budget-related bill hung up over payday loans

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania House Republican leaders will decide when to bring rank-and-file members back to Harrisburg after senators stripped a provision from a budget-related bill that they said the House inserted without their approval, a spokesman said Wednesday.

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to send the bill back to the House after stripping out a provision that suggests House and Senate Republican leaders support the legalization of high-interest "payday" loans in Pennsylvania.

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said the statement is simply inaccurate and doesn't belong in legislation. Many consumer groups oppose payday lending.

House GOP spokesman Steve Miskin said he doesn't know who inserted the provision.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that a lobbyist for one payday lender organized a golf-outing fundraiser in February for House Speaker Sam Smith in Pebble Beach, Calif.

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