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Mobile Home Condemnation Inspires New Bill

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – In light of last month's mass condemnation at the Life O'Riley Mobile Home Park in south Lansing due to unsanitary conditions, State Rep. Andy Schor (D- Lansing) said he has plans to introduce legislation that would give cities across the state more power when it comes to mobile home parks. 

Right now, most power lies with the state under Michigan's Manufactured Housing Commission, and cities are limited in their access to mobile home parks when it comes to campground and structure inspections. 

However, Schor said he's been working closely with officials from the city of Lansing to make changes to the law that would grant cities authority to take necessary measures to monitor the health and safety of the residents. "I'm looking at how we can make the law so that our local units of government, the ones who are closest to the parks, can get in there and ensure that it's safe [and] that we don't have raw sewage on the ground and water connections not hooked up," said Schor.

Lansing city officials working with Schor on the legislation said while the bill will increase local power, it is not about taking control of the parks. "We need to be involved in [the parks], and I think that's only fair to those residents," said Bob Johnson, director of the City of Lansing's department of Planning and Neighborhood Development. "Anyone who opposes that isn't looking out for the best interest of those residents."

Representative Schor said he is still working with the city of final details of the bill, and expects to introduce it within the next couple of weeks.

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Like her on Facebook, Follow her on Twitter or email her at emorrow@wlns.com.

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