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Assembly approves ground rent bills

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outlet moncler That is why two of the bills were held back for technical amendments after the original versions were passed by the House and the Senate. The attorney general’s office took another look at the legislation to make sure they would pass constitutional muster, a task made more difficult because ground rent is a centuries old legal institution, Gladden said. At one point, legislators brought in the state archivist to give them a history moncler saldi lesson on ground rent to make sure they were acting appropriately outlet moncler.