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Massachusetts Senate OK’s foreclosure bill

The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill that is designed to prevent unnecessary foreclosures in the state.

Senators voted in favor of a modified version of the bill during their Wednesday afternoon session.

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The proposal would set standards that force banks to analyze every loan before proceeding with a foreclosure and offer a reasonable modification where the analysis shows changing the loan is better for the bank than foreclosure.

The Senate amended the bill to include provisions, such as the creation of a foreclosure mediation program that would bring mortgage lenders and homeowners together.

Democratic Senator Karen Spilka of Ashland said the bill ‘‘makes sense,’’ as it benefits homeowners, banks, and mortgage company investors.

The state’s House of Representatives passed a modified version of the bill last month.

Associated Press

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