Michigan House approves bills to fight blight
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:53:42 GMT —
Michigan is closer to enacting laws designed to crack down on the owners of blighted properties.
Bipartisan legislation approved by the House Thursday would subject property owners to potential jail time if they don't pay blight-related fines.
Other bills designed to fix weaknesses in the current blight enforcement process would streamline the lien process to ensure judgments are paid and streamline procedures to garnish wages from people who don't pay blight fines.
Cities also could decide against issuing zoning approvals or building permits to anyone with blight violations under the legislation.
The bills passed the Senate earlier in the year. The Senate is likely to agree to House changes and send the measures to Gov. Rick Snyder when lawmakers return from a two-week break.