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Massachusetts Senate OKs bill aimed at student loan lenders

The bill aims to help protect students from unfair, predatory, and deceptive practices.

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill supporters are calling a student loan bill of rights.

The bill —approved unanimously by the Senate on Wednesday — aims to will help protect students from unfair, predatory, and deceptive practices from student lending and loan servicing companies.

The bill would require a new licensing regime for student loan companies and build on Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey’s efforts to create a student loan ombudsman to be a one-stop shop to handle complaints of student loan abuse.

The proposal would also let the state Division of Banks better address student loan complaints.

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The group MASSPIRG said similar bills have passed in Connecticut, Washington and Illinois and have been filed in a dozen other states.

The bill now goes to the Massachusetts House.