Senate passes bill to allow state access to mortgage database

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow state regulators to access a national mortgage system while protecting privacy laws.

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) introduced the SAFE Act Confidentiality and Privilege Enhancement Act, S. 947, which would allow state and federal regulatory officials access to any information provided to the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry without the loss of confidentiality protections provided by federal and state laws.

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The bill, which was passed through a unanimous consent agreement, heads over to the House, which is conducting pro forma sessions, so the measure could be passed before the end of the year.

The Senate also passed a few bills renaming buildings. 

S. 1847 names the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies after the late-Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).

H.R. 185 names a Texas courthouse after former judge Paul Brown, who passed away last year.

H.R. 2251 designates a U.S. courthouse and federal building in Fergus Falls, Minn., as the “Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse and Federal Building.”

The Senate will continue to debate the bipartisan budget deal, with final passage of that bill expected Wednesday afternoon.