Third lawsuit challenges 'payday loan' signatures

Jefferson City attorney Chuck Hatfield’s clients don’t like the idea of capping “payday loan” interest rates at 36 percent.

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They’ve tried several times to block the initiative petition campaign, and last week they filed:

• A motion to intervene in a lawsuit by supporters trying to get the issue on the ballot, arguing that Secretary of State Robin Carnahan didn’t count enough valid signatures on the submitted petitions.

• Their own lawsuit alleging Carnahan counted too many signatures to qualify the issue for the ballot.

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