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RICHMOND (June 28, 2018) – Today, Attorney General Mark Herring joined a bi-partisan effort urging U.S. Congressional leadership to vote againstHR 3299 (“Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017”) and HR 4439(“Modernizing Credit Opportunities Act”). The bipartisan coalition of 20 attorneys general sent a letter to leadership in the U.S. Senate expressing their opposition to the proposed legislation, which could potentially invalidate the state’s ability to limit interest rates on payday and other high interest loans, and undermine the state’s ability to enforce consumer protection laws.

“One of my top priorities as Attorney General has been to protect Virginians from predatory lenders that prey on individuals who are looking for a way out of a difficult financial position,” said Attorney General Herring. “We need stronger laws to protect Virginians and Americans from predatory loans, but these bills would weaken the consumer protection laws we already have in place. I join my fellow state attorneys general in urging Congress against the further restriction of a state’s ability to protect their citizens from abusive lenders.”

As the attorneys general expressed in the letter, HR 3299 and HR 4439 would constitute a substantial expansion of the preemption of state usury laws, which have long been recognized as the purview of the individual states. Over decades, states have crafted laws that create a careful balance between the need for access to credit and the need to ensure that loans are offered on terms that do not create consumer harm.

Attorney General Herring created the OAG's first Predatory Lending Unit to investigate and prosecute suspected violations of state and federal consumer lending statutes, including laws concerning payday loans, car title loans, consumer finance loans, mortgage loans, mortgage servicing, and foreclosure rescue services. The Unit also focuses on consumer education so Virginians are aware of the potential risks of these loans, as well as alternatives.

In recent years, Attorney General Herring and his team have focused on online lenders, which have been a growing percentage of the lending market, but can still present the same risks as any payday or motor vehicle title lender. To date, the Predatory Lending Unit has recovered more than $25 million in restitution and forgiven debt from online lenders, including $15.3 million from CashCall$4 million from MoneyKey$3.4 million from Opportunity Financial, and $2.7 million from MoneyLion.

During his administration, Attorney General Herring's Predatory Lending Unit has also successfully brought enforcement actions against, among others, motor vehicle title loan lendersonline payday lendersmortgage servicing companies, and pawnbrokers.

The coalition of Attorneys General signing the letter hail from: California, Colorado District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

You can find a copy of the letter here.


Emporia, VA – EMPORIA, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) recently honored retirees and employees with milestone years of service in 2017 at the annual Service Awards Luncheon held during National Hospital Week, where they were recognized for their years of service with a certificate and a gift. Employees with twenty or more years of service were also presented with flowers. “Our strength is in our people,” said Jerad Hanlon, SVRMC’s Interim CEO. “Their hard work providing top quality care and service to the Emporia and Greensville County communities is a shining example of dedication to our patients.”


5-Year Awards

5 Year – Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO, Desha Powell, Surgical Tech, Sarah Jessee, Physical Therapist

10-Year Awards

10 year - Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO, Christina Pope, RN Surgical Services, Tom Clinedinst, Director of Plant Ops

15-Year Awards

15 Year - Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO, Kerrie Combs, RN Cardiac Rehab

25-Year Award

25 Year – Amanda Posey, LPN Abstractor, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

30-Year Award

30 Year – Tammy Butler, RN Acute Care, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

35-Year Award

35 Year -  Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO, Lorenzo Dennis, Mental Health Tech, Patricia Horne, Nuclear Med. Tech, Ricky Mitchell, Accounting Clerk

40-Year Award

40 Year - Brenda Bowen Director of Case Mgmt, Kathy Matthews, Medical Records Coder, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

45 Year Award

45 Year – Faye Rawlings, Medical Records Clerk, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

48-Year Retiree

48 Year Retiree - Linda Burnette, CNO, Barbara Jordan 48 Years of Service, RN Nursing Supervisor, Jerad Hanlon, Interim CEO

Years of Service - No Picture Available:

  • 5 Year - Brenda Coleman, Security
  • 20 Year - Mozelle Rose, RN ICU

Retirees – No Picture Available:

  • 11 Year - Janet Arrington, Administrative Assistant
  • 12 Year - Dana Musser, Medical Technologist
  • 36 Year - Annie Odom, Unit Secretary




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