In last week’s election, Nebraska voters passed Initiative 428, a ballot measure that places a 36 percent APR cap on payday loans. The question presented to voters was:
Shall Nebraska statutes be amended to: (1) reduce the amount that delayed deposit services licensees, also known as payday lenders, can charge to a maximum annual percentage rate of thirty-six percent; (2) prohibit payday lenders from evading this rate cap; and (3) deem void and uncollectable any delayed deposit transaction made in violation of this rate cap?
Approximately 83% of Nebraska voters approved this Initiative, making Nebraska the 17th state, plus the District of Columbia, to limit interest rates on payday loans. This interest rate cap effectively curtails state licensed payday lending in the state of Nebraska.