Support of Florida Foreclosure Bill HB 87 Holds Narrow Lead in Tallahassee
Support of Florida foreclosure bill holds narrow lead in Tallahassee
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is facing heavy lobbying from both sides of the fast-track foreclosure bill that arrived on his desk this week.
Response in support of the plan, HB 87, narrowly outpaces those fighting the bill, which passed both chambers during the 2013 legislative session after years of debate and compromise.
Calls in favor of the legislation stood at 632 on Thursday, with opposition calls at 563.
Scott has until June 12 to take action on the bill, or he can allow it to become law without his signature. He’s been asked by homeowner advocates and Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando to veto the legislation on grounds that it violates historic property rights laws and puts more onus on the homeowner to prove why he or she shouldn’t lose their house.
“In the middle of the game this law would change the rules of current engagement of existing trials before judges,” said South Florida foreclosure defense attorney Roy Oppenheim, who opposes the bill. “This will only create more uncertainty and a host of new issues will ultimately arise.”