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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: May 27, 2014 01:12 PM
From: Senator LeAnna M. Washington and Sen. David G. Argall, Sen. James R. Brewster
To: All Senate members
Subject: Driver’s license suspensions for property code violators
In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation that would strengthen penalties for serious property code violators in the General Assembly’s ongoing war on blight.

The legislature passed Act 90 of 2010, which provided several new weapons for municipalities to use against neglectful landlords and serious code violators. However, municipalities have reached out to us with an idea to continue pulling valuable resources away from violators in an effort to get these offenders to repair their property.

Our legislation would allow municipalities to report violators to the Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) after three serious convictions of property violations.

Depending on the amount of violations an individual has within a specific municipality, PENNDOT may revoke the individual’s driving privileges in the Commonwealth. If an individual has three serious violations, an individual will lose his or her license for 90 days. For each additional violation, PENNDOT may suspend the driver’s license for an additional 30 days.

For public nuisance violations and municipal housing code avoidance, an individual will lose his or her license for 90 days.

It is our goal to provide more tools to combat blight and abandonment in our communities and hold our serious violators accountable for their actions.

Introduced as SB1420