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July 11, 2001


In accordance with the provisions of Rhode Island General Laws § 43-1-4, I am transmitting herewith, with my disapproval, 2001-S 0432 As Amended, "An Act Relating to Courts and Civil Procedure - Levy and Sale on Executions."

This bill would reduce the period of time after which a recorded execution is discharged as a matter of law. It would do so by shortening the current period for such a discharge from twenty years from the date of judgment to six years.

This bill would produce an inconsistent and inequitable result. The current rime frame for the discharge of a lien - twenty years from the date of judgment - is consistent with the life of the underlying judgment. The lien is meant to run with the judgment; there is no just reason for creating an inconsistency between the two.

Moreover, reducing the length of time in which a Judgment creditor can execute on a judgment may cause creditors to institute foreclosure proceedings more quickly. That is because this bill does not provide any method for continuing the six-year lien during the twenty-year period in which the underlying judgment is valid. A judgment creditor's equitable position in the subject real estate could be jeopardized by, and in fact, subordinated to, subsequent judgments. In short, this bill favors debtors at the expense of judgment creditors - an unfair and unnecessary outcome.

For the foregoing reasons, I disapprove of this legislation and respectfully urge your support of this veto.


Lincoln Almond