MAAPL Files New Bills for the 2015 Legislative Session

MAAPL has filed nine new bills on Beacon Hill to protect the rights of Massachusetts homeowners against illegal foreclosures and to reduce the number of foreclosures in the state. These bills now have lead sponsors, and MAAPL is seeking additional co-sponsors for them.

NEW: A summary Fact Sheet for all 9 bills is now available: ( PDF )

The bills, with their House and Senate Docket numbers and lead sponsors are listed below.

An Act to Prevent Unnecessary Vacancies  in Foreclosed Homes (HD 3200/SD 920)
Lead Sponsors: Rep. Jeff Sanchez; Sen. Jamie Eldridge
MAAPL Fact Sheet on this bill: ( PDF )

An Act to Facilitate Alternatives to Foreclosure (HD 2615/SD 1146)
Lead Sponsors: Rep. Mary S. Keefe; Sen. Harriet Chandler
MAAPL Fact Sheet on this bill: ( PDF )

An Act to Establish Foreclosure Review Division of the Superior Court
(HD 3525/SD 1845)

Lead Sponsors: Rep. Aaron Vega; Sen. Thomas McGee
MAAPL Fact Sheet on this bill: ( PDF )

An Act Relative to the Improvement in the Process for Collecting Delinquent Property Taxes (HD 1656/SD 895)
Lead Sponsors: Rep. John Mahoney; Sen. Sal DiDomenico
MAAPL Fact Sheet on this bill: ( PDF )

An Act to Ensure Reliable Land Title to Bolster Local Home Ownership and Business Creation (HD 3471)
Lead Sponsors: Rep. Benjamin Swan; Sen. Eileen T. Donoghue
MAAPL Fact Sheet on this bill: ( PDF )

An Act Relative to Vacant and Foreclosed Property (HD2826/SD 1572)
Lead Sponsors: Rep. Frank Moran; Sen. Barbara L’Italien
MAAPL Fact Sheet on this bill: ( PDF )

An Act Relative to the Tax Relief of Mortgage Debt (HD 3219/SD1424)
Lead Sponsors: Rep. Jay Kaufman; Sen. Sal DiDomenico
MAAPL Fact Sheet on this bill: ( PDF )

An Act to Require Judicial Foreclosure (HD 486/SD125)
Lead Sponsors: Rep. Frank Smizik; Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy
MAAPL Fact Sheet on this bill: ( PDF )

An Act to establish a Resolution Trust Fund (HD 3034)
Lead Sponsor: Rep. Michelle DuBois
MAAPL Fact Sheet on this bill: ( PDF )

Please contact your legislators today to ask them to co-sponsor these bills. The more early support we can get for these bills, the more likely it is that we can get them passed and better protect Massachusetts from the continuing negative impacts of the foreclosure crisis on our communities. The deadline for legislators to sign on as co-sponsors has been extended until Monday, February 2nd, but don’t wait–make the call today!

About MAAPL

The Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending (MAAPL) is a coalition of over 60 housing counseling agencies, legal services groups, social service agencies, and community-based social action groups that have joined together to address the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts.

MAAPL collects and distributes timely information on the foreclosure crisis and its effects to the public and to its member groups, drafts and supports legislation that provides important protections to homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure and eviction, documents the impact of the foreclosure crisis on local communities, networks with related organizations throughout the Commonwealth, and provides tools and information to help people navigate the legal system and advocate on their own behalf more effectively when challenging a foreclosure or eviction in court

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