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California Passes Bill to Study Public Banking Option (1)

Sept. 10, 2021, 1:45 AM; Updated: Sept. 10, 2021, 9:23 PM

California lawmakers passed a bill to study the feasibility of creating no-fee, no-penalty bank accounts in the state, an effort at broadening access to affordable banking particularly for low-income consumers and immigrants.

The bill (A.B. 1177) is a watered-down version of an earlier measure that proposed creating a state program to run such bank accounts. But the bill now heading to Gov. Gavin Newsom‘s (D) desk for his signature could still set the groundwork for the first state-mandated program to provide universal access to banking.

About one in four Californians don’t have access to traditional banking services, ...

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