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A landmark political struggle over home foreclosure powers in California´s 36-thousand homeowners associations will shift to the floors of the Senate and Assembly.

That´s after a bill banning foreclosures for unpaid assessments under 25-hundred dollars passed its final committee test today.

The vote provides more momentum to curb association foreclosure powers for small sums in California and reduce influence of attorneys and collection agencies.

Homeowner activists and senior citizens groups maintain the foreclosure process is easily abused.

But most major associations defend it as a necessary tool to collect assessments and maintain an association´s financial