| Legislative Advocacy
Mountain State Justice pursues just and reasonable legislation on behalf of low-income West Virginians in the West Virginia state legislature and the United States Congress. Mountain State Justice employs a legislative advocate to represent the interests of its client base during the West Virginia legislative session. MSJ has also provided testimony to the House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development on predatory lending issues. MSJ also works with national coalitions, including the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the National Consumer Law Center, to advocate for necessary legislative reforms to protect low-income consumers.
Policy Advocacy Examples
On February 26, 2009, Nancy Dix, a client of Mountain State Justice, testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee about foreclosure rescue scams.
In 2005, Mountain State Justice’s Executive Director, Dan Hedges, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development regarding Licensing and Registration of the Mortgage Industry, Title V, Requirements for Mortgage Brokers of HR 1295. Dan’s testimony is available here.
In August 2012, Sarah K. Brown, an attorney at Mountain State Justice, testified before the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services regarding the value of the Dodd-Frank Act and the need for federal regulation to protect consumers from predatory lending. Sarah’s testimony is available here.