HARRISBURG – Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R- Monroe/Pike), majority chairwoman of the House Urban Affairs Committee, today applauded passage of a package of bills designed to combat blight across the Commonwealth. The bills reported were unanimously passed with bipartisan support and amendments.
“Blight has a devastating impact on public safety, property values and quality of life in far too many our communities across the state,” Brown said. “I’m encouraged that we were able to work together on this package of bills that should give local leaders the tools they need to clean up these blighted properties.”
The package includes the following bills:
• House Bill 1791
, sponsored by Rep. Tim Twardzik (R-Schuylkill), would authorize municipalities to create a vacant and blight property registration program.
• House Bill 2209
, sponsored by Rep. Abby Major (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana), would allow a land bank board to establish a virtual quorum via internet platform to conduct a board meeting.
• House Bill 2210
, sponsored by Rep. Tracy Pennycuick (R-Montgomery), would add a provision to the Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act for a land bank to be appointed conservator.
• Senate Bill 439
, sponsored by Sen. David Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill), would continue the County Demolition Funding Program.
The bill package now will move on to the full House for consideration.
To view or download a broadcast-quality video of Brown's remarks during the news conference, visit here
Representative Rosemary Brown
189th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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