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Help for Oregon Homeowners

In the last show we did live from the state capitol, we talked to two political reporters about the progress toward adjournment. We got an update on where the budget stood with the co-chairs of the Ways and Means Committee. And, at the end of the hour, we discussed conflict-of-interest legislation. But throughout the hour a lot of people online (and some on the phones) wanted to know about possible foreclosure bills — and amendments to them. KXPX wrote:

What about foreclosure reform? In less than a month, the Oregonian has had three editorials about legislators needing to address it this session.

Jane B said:

SBs 1552 (pre foreclosure mediation) and 1564 (ending the dual track) are SUPER IMPORTANT this session. Give homeowners a fighting chance to save their homes and get the economy back on track.

Jane B also mentioned the new emergency rule put out by Attorney General John Kroger that would make mortgage lenders subject to Oregon consumer protection law.

We didn’t have a chance to talk about those bills last week — or the new emergency rule the Attorney General recently put out about mortgage lenders, so today, that’s on the proverbial table. Have you lost your home to foreclosure? Are you trying to negotiate with your lender to make your house payment?

Do you work for a lender that’s negotiating with homeowners? What questions to do you have about the bills now before the Oregon legislature or the emergency rule put out by the AG’s office?

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