A new St. Louis County Council ordinance sponsored by Hazel Erby, D-University City, would require a formal mediation between banks and lenders before foreclosing on a home in St. Louis County.
The measure was approved 5-2 Tuesday along party lines. The council's Republican members, Colleen Wasinger of Town and Country and Greg Quinn of Ballwin, voted against the measure.
Erby, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was thrilled with the passage of the ordinance.
"If we can keep some families from experiencing the heartache of foreclosure, then this (bill) will be a success," she said.
The bill is designed to slow the rate of foreclosures in the area.
According to St. Louis Public Radio, lenders believe the county is overreaching its constitutional limits in the state. Some say the ordinance will hurt lenders and borrowers alike while driving up interest rates.
Supporters of the bill have disputed those claims, asserting that problems have not cropped up states that have similar mediation laws.
Banks that do not abide by the new ordinance face a $1,000 fine.