Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone on Tuesday threw his support behind a law that would allow for cities and towns to institute rent control without approval from the legislature, and would also provide protections against foreclosure, aiming to make Somerville the first city in the state to implement the bill.

The bill — dubbed “An Act Enabling Local Options for Tenant Protections” — was jointly presented by Rep. Mike Connolly of Cambridge and Rep. Nika C. Elugardo of Boston. The bill was referred…

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