Governor Dayton will soon be signing a new bill that includes new protections for homeowners facing foreclosures. This new law is known as the Homeowners Bill of Rights.
Some of the ways that it protects homeowners are as follows:
- Loan servicers are required to communicate all options to homeowners.
- Loan servicers are required to offer loan modifications to all eligible homeowners.
- “Dual tracking” is banned. Dual tracking is when servicers foreclose without a clear yes or no on loan modification.
- Servicers are required to assist homeowners in submitting documentation regarding the foreclosure process.
- Homeowners are allowed to take the servicer to court to stop a foreclosure if the servicer fails to comply with any aspect of the law.
This news exploded in the media and social media. Minnesota is set to become the first Midwestern state and the 12th state in the U.S. to allow same-sex marriage.
Yesterday, Minnesota Senate voted 37 to 30 in favor of allowing same-sex marriage. Earlier, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted 75 to 59 in favor for it. As a backdrop, in the prior election, Minnesota voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as only between a man and a woman.
Governor Dayton stated that he will sign the bill once it comes to his desk.
via Minnesota Senate joins House in approving same-sex marriage | MinnPost.
MinnPost reports that Governor Dayton dropped the controversial business-to-business tax, which would impose taxes on legal services.
Gov. Mark Dayton said in a speech Friday morning that he’s taking the controversial business-to-business tax — which had been much villified by many executives — off the table.
Speaking to the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast at a St. Louis Park hotel, Dayton brought much relief to many business leaders there. State officials said it would have added $2.2 billion in state revenue by taxing business services such as advertising and legal advice.
MPR reported that Dayton said his initial budget proposal “obviously lacked public support” and that now “it lacks mine.”
Now, the anticipated new budget was set to be released on Tuesday, but it was delayed. Governor Dayton’s staff stated that it will released “later in the week” since the tweaking of numbers continues. You can read MinnPost article here.
via Gov. Dayton takes business-to-business tax out of his budget | MinnPost.
Gov. Mark Dayton announced the three finalists for two open judge spots in Hennepin County.
The three names forwarded by the Commission on Judicial Selection are:
Nancy Brasel: Brasel is currently an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice in Minneapolis, where she handles cases related to economic crime, narcotics, and firearms. Previously, she was a partner at Greene Espel PLLP conducting cases related to business and employment litigation matters. Brasel is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Domestic Abuse Project. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Minnesota Women Lawyers.
Phil Carruthers: Carruthers is the Director of the Civil Division at the Ramsey County Attorney’s office where he represents several departments including the Charter Commission and Budgeting & Accounting. He served as the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives while maintaining a private law practice. He was a board member of Project Remand, the president of the North Hennepin Mediation Program and treasurer of the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Elizabeth Cutter: Cutter is a senior assistant Hennepin County Attorney where she is responsible for supervising felony domestic violence prosecution. She previously served as a special assistant attorney general for the Minnesota Attorney General’s office. Cutter is the outgoing president of Minnesota Women Lawyers and is a member of the enrollee appeals panel for Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association.
via Dayton has three names to fill two spots in Hennepin County – MinnLawyer Blog.
As published by Minnesota Lawyer Blog:
Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter to GOP leaders of the Legislature on Thursday offering to accept their proposal — with several conditions — made on the eve of the state government shutdown to solve the $5 billion budget deficit.
Read his letter here (PDF).