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RI bill would halt service member foreclosures

May 4, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Legislation that would protect military service members from foreclosure proceedings while on active duty is gaining traction in the Rhode Island General Assembly.

The House endorsed the measure Thursday and the Senate is scheduled to vote on its version of the bill on Wednesday.

The proposal would allow service members to suspend any foreclosure proceedings against them if the proceedings begin while they are on active duty, or within nine months following active duty. The suspension would last for nine months following the service member's return from duty.

Rep. Raymond Gallison sponsored the bill in the House. The Bristol Democrat says members of the armed forces deserve extra flexibility when dealing with a possible foreclosure and shouldn't return from a deployment to find they've lost their home.

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