House panel limits cities ability to regulate vacant property

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A House committee on Wednesday morning signed off on a compromise bill that will limit the ability of local governments to regulate vacant residential and commercial property.

The House Local Government Committee agreed to retain the ability of local governments to impose registration requirements on a vacant residential or commercial property in order to keep it from falling into disrepair and blight.

However, they could not impose fees or taxes for registering the properties.

Local governments, however, still have the ability to levy fines for code violations unrelated to whether or not the property was vacant.

Democrats on the committee . . .

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