Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, offered an amendment for a separate bill that included some of the most controversial provisions of a bill pushed by Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples. The bill sought to fast track the state’s foreclosure process by eliminating one of two hearings and allowing other lien holders to push the cases through.
Richter’s amendment included none of the consumer protections of Passidomo’s bill, which died. She said the amendment was backed by the Real Property Section of the Florida Bar and that she was not a party to filing it.
“This is straight up dirty politics,” said Matt Weidner, a St. Petersburg foreclosure defense attorney.