Bill to streamline Florida foreclosures heads to Senate
TALLAHASSEE — A Senate panel has cleared a bill that aims to streamline and speed up the state's mortgage foreclosure process but was immediately jeered by an angry crowd of homeowners. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee advanced the bill (SB 1890) by a 6-4 vote on Monday with some crossing of party lines. Republican Sen. Mike Fasano voted against the measure. Democratic Sen. Chris Smith voted for it. A group of foreclosed homeowners from around the state then harangued the panel and said their rights were being "trampled." One woman nearly collapsed into a security officer's arms and said she was having a panic attack. The foreclosure bill will next be debated by the full Senate.