Yeas and nays: Today in the Md. General Assembly
An afternoon roundup of noteworthy legislation
moving toward passage or defeat
Foreclosure Prevention: The House of Delegates on Saturday passed legislation requiring mediation between eligible borrowers facing foreclosure and their mortgage lenders. The vote was 119-21 on Saturday. Under the bill, an application for loan modification must be sent to all homeowners 45 days before a foreclosure action is filed. It must include information on programs and counseling help. Lenders would be required to certify that they have completed a loan modification analysis before putting a property up for sale. The measure also would require those filing a foreclosure action to pay a $300 fee to help pay for mediations. Similar legislation is pending in the Senate.
-- The Associated Press
Prisoners and The Census: The House of Delegates on Saturday voted 99-40 to requires that incarcerated individuals be counted as residents of their last known address before their incarceration in a State or federal facility, if they were State residents prior to their incarceration. The measure was opposed by rural lawmakers who said it would reduce population in areas that most often house prisons. The bill also requires that population counts used to create legislative districts for the General Assembly and county councils exclude incarcerated individuals who were not State residents prior to their incarceration.
-- Aaron C. Davis
Aaron C. Davis
March 27, 2010; 8:10 PM ET
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