Florida’s GOP lawmakers float foreclosure reforms

TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers on Wednesday continued to float ideas for reforming Florida’s foreclosure process, with debate centering around when a judge needs to be involved in a foreclosure case.

Florida is one of 20 states that requires all foreclosures to move through the courts.

But top Republicans, including Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Dean Cannon and Senate President Mike Haridopolos say they want to explore changes to limit court involvement.

One option that emerged Wednesday — a hybrid system where some foreclosure cases are presided over by a judge and some cases are not. A hybrid-type system is being used in 25 states.

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