AG’s Office Rejects Voter Referendum to Overturn Foreclosure Law

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has turned down a “Ten Voter” petition to put the legislature’s hurriedly passed Chapter 141 of the acts of 2015, “An Act Clearing Titles to Foreclosed Properties,” on the ballot as a voter referendum. Healey will not permit voters to revoke the legislature’s passage of the Financial Industry’s recent law. Practically, this law will deny the majority of state residents’ right to sue to regain their illegally foreclosed homes by sharply reducing the time period during which homeowners can take their case to court.

Download MAAPL’s press release on the Attorney General’s decision ( PDF )


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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