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DeLeo: House will do better than Patrick on local aid funding

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DeLEO: HOUSE WILL “DO BETTER” THAN PATRICK ON LOCAL AID FUNDING

The House will “do better” than Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed funding of local aid in fiscal 2015, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said during a meeting of municipal officials Friday morning in Boston. “The House, I’m proud to say, has always been a champion of local aid,” DeLeo said. He also said the House next week would “renew our commitment” to funding the state’s local road repair program at the $300 million amount that was passed last year. The so-called Chapter 90 money was added in committee to a multi-year transportation bond bill, which the House plans to consider on Wednesday. Gov. Deval Patrick this week proposed a $100 million increase in Chapter 70 K-12 school aid while level funding unrestricted local aid, special education, charter school reimbursements, regional school transportation, and the school food services program. Heading into an election year and with Patrick headed out of office at the end of this year, lawmakers are likely to see increases in local aid accounts as a popular talking point on campaign trails. – A. Metzger, M. Norton

SENATE PASSES BILL TO CLEAR TITLES IN FORECLOSURE SALES

The Senate on Thursday passed legislation aimed at ensuring clear titles in real estate transactions involving previously foreclosed properties. Supporters of the bill (S 1987) said it would address a Supreme Judicial Court decision that voided thousands of sales involving lenders that could not produce a written assignment of a mortgage prior to the first publication of notice. On the Senate floor, Sen. Michael Moore addressed details of the bill, which drew no opposition. Moore said the legislation, if approved, lays out a process under which titles to foreclosed properties purchased in good faith will be cleared by designating affidavits as conclusive evidence in favor of subsequent owners unless there has been a challenge within three years of the date of its recording. The bill gives borrowers whose interests have been foreclosed upon one year to file actions challenging the validity of prior foreclosures before the affidavit becomes conclusive evidence. “This issue affects the real buyer of a property and negatively impacts the real estate market as a whole,” Senate President Therese Murray said in a statement released after the bill’s passage. “Some residents are without a clear title to their home because of potential procedural errors that took place many years ago.” – M. Norton/SHNS