This week, I presented SB 422 before the Senate Public Safety Committee. SB 422 is a bill I sponsored with the intent to help our county and local municipalities maintain vacant structures or lots, without going through a lengthy and expensive judicial process. Many times due to an owner moving away or perhaps fire damage, these homes pose a threat to our community in the form of lower property values and damaging community aesthetics. While this bill was not passed out of committee, I am encouraged by the committee’s proposals and look forward to presenting this bill again once it has been polished and refined.
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Mrs. Van Ness, I am so happy to hear about your presentation of SB 422! I have gone through so much in my community in trying to find out how to rid my neighborhood of an abandoned structure, and vacant lots that are overgrown, and neglected by the owners. I have been so frustrated that I have even considered walking away from my home because I feel like no one will want to buy it although it is a beautiful home.
I did get a little help from Code enforcement but it has taken many years, and I am still fighting! What can I do to help you make people aware of this bill? It is so needed!