Action Alert

Fast foreclosure bill battle not over despite success in legislature

Supporters and opponents are still waging a battle over Florida’s fast foreclosure bill, hoping to sway Gov. Rick Scott to sign it into law or veto it all together _ a move one group fears is a strong possibility.

An urgent message was sent Monday by the statewide Community Advocacy Network, which represents community associations, urging members to let Scott know they back the foreclosure bill that passed both chambers of the Florida legislature during the final weeks of the 2013 session.

“The emails calling for a veto of this bill continue to flow in to the Governor’s Office and from what we’ve heard the possibility of HB 87 being vetoed is great,” wrote attorney Donna DiMaggio Berger, executive director of the Community Advocacy Network. “While there is much to like about this bill even from a debtor’s standpoint, the mortgage defense attorneys have presumably decided that lengthier bank foreclosures are better for them.”

The bill, which was approved by the Senate on the last day of session, has yet to make it to the governor’s office. After he receives it, he has 15 days to veto it, sign it, or let it pass into law without his signature.

So far, calls and emails to the governor’s office have largely been in support of the bill. Nearly 400 people have expressed their hope that the bill will become law, while 226 have said they oppose it.

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