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Lawmaker Introduces Mobile Home Legislation

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – After the Life O’Riley Mobile Home Park in Lansing was condemned in February for unsanitary conditions and hundreds were abruptly forced from their homes, State Rep. Andy Schor got to work crafting a bill to give local government more authority over mobile home parks.

Wednesday, Schor officially introduced Bill 5513, which amends the state’s Mobile Home Commission Act and gives local government more power to inspect mobile home parks and act if necessary. “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 [and] ensures their proper health conditions,” said Schor.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and other city officials have said while they have known about sanitation problems at Life O’Riley, current law prevented them from taking action. “[Under the proposed legislation], the state still has the primary role, and I might like it if we had the primary role, but if the state doesn’t do its job or do the inspection, then we’re allowed to go in and do ours,” said Bernero.

The bill also calls for the Department of Environmental Quality to conduct annual park inspections and turn over results to the city or township where the park is located. It would also require the Manufactured Housing Commission to let local government know when a park in their jurisdiction receives a DEQ complaint.

Schor said he hopes to have a hearing on the bill within the next few 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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