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Senate OKs Legislation to Crack Down on Blight

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Senate has approved Legislation to toughen penalties on owners of blighted property that don't pay their fines.

The five-bill package was passed by a 35-1 vote Thursday.

Under the bills, people who receive a second violation for unpaid blight fines could face up to 93 days in jail, a fine up to $500, or both.

People who have outstanding violations would not be able to receive building or zoning permits. Banks and credit unions would be exempt.

Democratic Sen. Virgil Smith of Detroit sponsored one of the bills. He says it would give cities tools to hold blight offenders accountable and helps raises revenue for cities to tear down abandoned buildings.

The bills now head to the House.

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