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The bill attempts to address a problem involving vacant lots and abandoned buildings that attract certain criminal behavior or pose as fire hazards. Local governments sometimes do not have the ability to deal appropriately with these issues.
HB 2359 would include possession of an item in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, trespassing, arson, and graffiti, criminal mischief that causes a loss of $500 or more, and disorderly conduct into the definition of a common nuisance. This would give a pretext to use common nuisance statutes to sue a landowner in civil court for abatement of the nuisance.
This bill would also authorize a court that determines
that a person maintaining a vacant lot or vacant or abandoned building that is a common nuisance to appoint a receiver to manage the property to abate the nuisance.