Four charged in overdose death Underage felonies strain county system Fayetteville looks forward to 2018 celebration Russellville council discusses underground tanks in village Marilyn A Wren Larry E Carter Virginia L McQuitty Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Hundreds of Narcan doses used in 2016 Heavy weekend rain causes flooding and damaged roads Child Focus hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors

Fixing errors on Ohioans’ credit reports

Too many Ohioans are still feeling the effects of the 2008 financial crisis — particularly on their credit scores.

More than 50 million consumers saw their credit scores plunge more than 20 points during the worst days of the crisis, from 2008 to 2009. Many still haven’t fully recovered.

To make matters worse, one-in-five consumers has an error on his or her credit report. These errors can have serious consequences. Today credit scores are being used more than ever, and often for non-credit purposes, like employment and rental housing. Inaccurate scores can lead to Ohioans being given incorrect interest rates or no credit at all.

We need to do more to build on-ramps to the middle class for hardworking Ohioans, and our country took one important step in that direction last week.

We know that these issues are frustrating too many Ohioans. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created after the crisis to be a voice for consumers in our financial system, and together, debt collection and credit reporting made up the majority of the complaints the CFPB received from consumers over the past year.

Since the CFPB opened its doors, 20,000 Ohio consumers have filed complaints with the Bureau — and roughly 8,000 of those were about debt collection and credit reporting.

We need to ensure that credit scores are accurate, and that errors and old debt aren’t compounding the problem.

That’s why recently I introduced the Consumer Reporting Fairness Act. It would require creditors to ensure that debts discharged in bankruptcy show a zero balance on the consumer’s credit report in an accurate and timely manner.

This will ensure that debts prior to bankruptcy aren’t, in effect, double-counted and don’t continue to haunt Ohioans looking for jobs, apartments, and home loans. We also know that debt collectors are too often going after debt that is not owed, often in abusive ways. This bill will put a stop to that harassment.

Foreclosures already wreaked havoc on consumers’ credit scores during the crisis. We need to make it easier for Americans to get back on their feet with common sense reforms like this.

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Sherrod Brown

Ohio Senator

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