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A bill that sought to make it harder for debt collectors to garnish the wages of Californians who are behind on their college student loan payments failed to garner the necessary support in the state Senate Wednesday.

Assembly Bill 233 by Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, got only 14 votes when the Senate took it, falling seven votes short of passage. The bill would have prohibited the garnishing of wages to collect on non-governmental student loans. It was supported by student groups and labor unions, and opposed by banks and debt collecting companies.

PHOTO: Student Research Assistant Geraldine Cayanan, center, prepares samples at the Veterinary Medicine Research Facility 3B on the campus of UC Davis in Davis on Friday, March 15, 2013.The Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton.



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