State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Oregon May Expand Foreclosure Mediation Program

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Oregon May Expand Foreclosure Mediation Program

BUSINESS: The OREGON House approves SB 558A, a bill that expands the foreclosure mediation program lawmakers created last year to apply to foreclosures pursued by lenders in courts. It moves to Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) for review (PORTLAND OREGONIAN).

ENVIRONMENT: The CONNECTICUT Senate approves a bill that would impose a $100 fine on residents who fail to control the growth of bamboo on their property and require people who sell or install running bamboo to educate customers on the plant's growing habits and recommended containment methods. The bill, which also makes people who plant running bamboo liable for any damage it causes to neighboring properties, including the cost of removing any bamboo that spreads to neighboring properties, moves to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) for review (CBSLOCAL.COM [WTIC [HARTFORD]).

- Compiled by RICH EHISEN

BUDGETS IN BRIEF: The WISCONSIN Legislature's Joint Finance Committee signed off last week on giving Gov. Scott Walker (R) broad authority to sell state property without seeking competitive bids. But it stipulated that lawmakers would still have to approve any sale (LAWRENCE JOURNAL WORLD). • NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced a $300 million federally funded program to buy 300 flood-prone homes along the Passaic River and 1,000 homes damaged by superstorm Sandy (NORTHJERSEY.COM)

- Compiled by KORLEY CLARK

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