Legislation to Provide Resources to Unbanked and Underbanked Californians Sent to Governor's Desk

Senator Ling Ling Chang joins her colleague on the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions to Push the Measure
Thursday, September 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) announced her legislation to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that offer financial education and financial empowerment services to at-risk populations in California was approved by the Legislature. Senate Bill 455 is jointly authored by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), Chair of the California Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.

“As lawmakers, we pass laws restricting lending practices to ensure our vulnerable populations do not become financial victims of predatory practices,” said Senator Chang. “But consumer protection is not enough when one of every four households is either unbanked or underbanked. This bill provides real resources to hardworking families struggling to live paycheck to paycheck. Let’s replace consumers’ quick fixes with real solutions.”

SB 455 would provide up to $1 million annually to support financial education and financial empowerment programs to unbanked and underbanked Californians, and includes a four-year sunset date. The bill will now be considered by the Governor.

Support for the legislation includes the Mission Asset Fund and UnidosUS.

Senator Chang is the Vice-Chair of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. Earlier this year she played a key role in the passage of historic legislation to cap predatory lending.