RI Senate: Delay foreclosures for service members

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The Rhode Island Senate has voted to protect military service members from foreclosure proceedings while on active duty.

The Senate endorsed the measure Thursday. The House has already passed similar legislation.

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.

Sen. Walter Felag sponsored the bill. The Democrat from Warren says members of the armed forces shouldn’t have to deal with a possible foreclosure while serving the nation and that banks and mortgage lenders should be patriotic enough to give them a little extra time.

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