|Posted:||November 13, 2017 03:17 PM|
|From:||Senator Andrew E. Dinniman|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Subject: Strengthening Blighted property code violations when owner has received state funds|
|Across the commonwealth, there have been numerous instances of abandoned and unsecured properties becoming havens for drug sales and usage. Such unsecured sites pose a very real threat to the community and, in my district, young lives have been lost when these sites can easily be accessed. When owners of blighted properties receive state funds to rehabilitate the property, the state has an even greater obligation to protect citizens, especially our youth, and penalties for violations should be more severe. For that reason, I am introducing legislation to amend Act 34 of 2015 to increase penalties for code violations (such as securing the property) specifically for owners of blighted properties when funds have been received from a program administered by a state government agency or state authority
My legislation will amend Act 34 specifically Offenses where the property owner received funding for construction, rehabilitation, repair or maintenance of that property through any program administered by a state government agency or state authority. Grading shall be follows:
I hope you will join in me in sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as SB962