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Gov. Snyder signs 36 bills, including 2 designed to reduce Wayne County foreclosure rate


LANSING, Michigan — Gov. Rick Snyder signed bills Wednesday that he said would protect homeowners from foreclosure over delinquent taxes and make sure people bidding on foreclosed property are financially responsible.

Snyder said that two laws aim to reduce the foreclosure rate in Wayne County, where about 76,000 residential, commercial, and industrial properties are in foreclosure. His office said that 62,000 of the properties are in Detroit.

The laws allow homeowners facing financial hardship to use a payment plan to meet tax responsibilities and avoid foreclosure. They also require that people bidding on foreclosed properties register two weeks before the sale, and they block sales to people who are delinquent on taxes or have a history of financial negligence.

The bills were among 36 the Republican governor signed Wednesday, includes ones that let private employers give preference to veterans when hiring, offering promotions and retaining workers; require food safety managers in restaurants to take a training course with an allergen awareness component; and require radiologists to give written summaries of mammograms, including breast density, to patients.

Others let health care providers contract directly with a patients as an alternative to commercial insurance; inform foster parents of their rights in the child welfare system; and let judges who preside over a child protection case that led to the termination of parental rights also preside over the child's adoption case.



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