Michael Barrett, associate for education, testified in support of HB 1421 (Fine) before the House Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday. "We deeply sympathize with anyone who experiences gender dysphoria and recognize that it can be intensely difficult," said Barrett. "Therefore, it is important to recognize that so-called gender-affirming protocols lack long-term evidence of their efficacy and result in irreversible physical damage to the patient."
HB 1267 (Fernandez-Barquin) and SB 580 (Gruters) would create an increase of interest rates by between 6% and 18% on what are already generally high cost installment loans for low-income consumers who are often in acute financial distress. It would drastically raise the cost of these chapter 516 loans for the consumer, despite consumer protection advocates that have long worked to keep the current cap at 30%.