Saturday, March 23, 2013
Muriel Doherty writes that Massachusetts' laws regarding condominiums need to be updated for the modern world.
Saturday, March 23
To All Watertown Condominium Owners, There have been many excellent condominium bills presented to our Legislators from past years to our present time; but they have not become laws. The changes recommended by these bills are definitely needed to improve and better condominium life for the resident owners who must live by the present laws that are insufficient or out dated for today’s world. I am asking all condominium owners to send an email to their legislators in Boston requesting that they please support the following House and Senate condominium bills. House Bills: H.1148; H.1149; H.1150; H.1151; H.1091; Senate Bills: S.602; S.603; S.606. There will be more information following regarding the public hearings; dates, times, and …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
State Sen. Will Brownsberger seeks those interested in taking part in the event at the State House in March.
Wednesday, January 30
The following information was provided by State Sen. Will Brownsberger's office: Senator Will Brownsberger invites residents in the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District to apply to attend the 70th Citizens' Legislative Seminar (CLS) to be held this spring on Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the State House. Each senator may nominate one constituent to participate with acceptance on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for applying is this Friday, February 1. A cover letter requesting participation may be emailed to Barbara.Miranda@masenate.gov or mailed to Barbara Miranda, Chief of Staff, Office of Senator William N. Brownsberger, State House, Room 413C, Boston, MA 02133. A nominee must be…
Monday, July 30, 2012
Under the compromise, lenders would not be required to enter into mediation before foreclosing.
The House and Senate passed a compromise on the foreclosure bill that scraps the contentious mediation provision but requires lenders to modify certain loans before evicting homeowners. According to the bill, mortgages that are more expensive to foreclose on than to modify need to be adjusted. In other words, if the expected recovery from a foreclosure is of less value than that which would be gained by modifying the loan, the lender is required to adjust the loan. The bill would also ban foreclosures that lack the proper documentation. But this documentation does not have to include mediation, which was part of a previous foreclosure-prevention bill passed by the Senate. This measure was strongly opposed by the Massachusetts Bankers …
Sunday, February 13, 2011
The Representative from Watertown will focus on the economic recovery, health care costs, reforming the public employee pensions, and helping the town maintain services.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
State Rep. Jonathan Hecht, D-Watertown, has filed 18 bills and co-sponsored 137 more for the 2010-11 Legislative session. Hecht represents the 29th Middlesex District, which includes Watertown and West Cambridge. Hecht's office recenlty released the following summary of his legislative agenda: “My focus in this session will be on promoting economic recovery, controlling health care costs, reforming the public employee pension system, and helping Watertown maintain essential services," Hecht said. "At the same time, for the long-term well-being of the Commonwealth, we must keep our commitment to the environment, to social justice, and to caring for the most vulnerable among us.” Some of the specific bills filed by Rep. Hecht include: …