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Lawmakers Move On Mobile Home Actions

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(WLNS) - When unsanitary conditions pushed the Ingham County Health Department to condemn the Life O'Riley mobile home park and force hundreds out of their homes many felt hopeless and confused on how such a thing could happen.

It also pushed local lawmakers to take action.

While many wondered how a mobile home park could ever look like Life O'Riley; how the whole park could be shut down and hundreds forced out of their homes State Representative Andy Schor was busy working on changes.

Andy Schor says, "I'm looking at how can we make the law so that our local units of government, the ones that are closest to the parks, can get in there and ensure that it's safe, that we don't have raw sewage on the ground and water connections not hooked up."

That was back in March and after nearly two months of work toda  Schor officially introduced bill 5513 to amend the state's mobile home commission act.

Schor adds, "This bill is about protections, and is about ensuring that the people in the mobile home park are living in a place that is safe, that ensures their proper health conditions."

Right now the state has most power over mobile home parks.

This law would give local governments, like cities and townships, power to inspect and act if necessary.

A change city officials say is long overdue.

Mayor Virg Bernero says, "Hopefully, this is kind of a wake-up call to the state regulators that the legislature is paying attention, that we're paying attention...none of us want to see another life o'riley experience in lansing or anywhere in the state."



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