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State Senate approves commission to assess crumbling foundation issues

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BOSTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Massachusetts has moved one step closer to addressing the crumbling foundation issue that's impacting a number of homeowners across the state.

On Thursday, the State Senate passed an amendment to create a commission that would find out exactly how many people are affected, the financial impact for cities and towns, in addition to how lawmakers can assist those homeowners. 

More than 35,000  Connecticut homes are collapsing due to the presence of a naturally occurring substance that originated from Becker's Quarry in Willington.

Only a dozen or so homeowners in western Massachusetts have come forward with the same issue. 

[RELATED: More homeowners come forward about crumbling foundations]

Senator Eric Lesser pushed for this amendment to pass along with another amendment that would create a reimbursement program for homeowners who need to test their foundations for contaminated concrete. 

Since the company that poured the foundation is out of business, there is no one to hold accountable as home insurance companies refuse to pay for repairs.

"We need to figure out how extensive this problem is in our state, how many homes are affected, so that we can begin to provide relief and assistance to homeowners," Senator Lesser wrote. 

Now, both amendments will be negotiated at the State House before a final budget proposal is sent to the Governor. 

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