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Governor Wolf Signs Anti-Blight Bills

The Bills Will Provide New Tools To Help Increase Redevelopment Opportunities Statewide.

June 19, 2018 - 11:12 am

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Governor Wolf has signed a pair of bills aiming to tackle the war on blight.

Wolf signed House bill 653 and Senate bill 667 this morning.

House Bill 653 will speed up the foreclosure process for vacant and abandoned property. Currently it stands between 300 and 540 days, now it will be reduced to 240 days.

Senate Bill 667 grants redevelopment authorities authorities the same powers as land banks to increase opportunities to combat neighborhood blight.

"My administration is committed to addressing blight and we have invested in community redevelopment that enhances that goal,” said Governor Wolf. “These bills are important to help local communities more swiftly address blight and I commend the bipartisan Blight Task Force for its continued dedication to this important cause." Said Wolf.

In a statement, Wolf's administrations says the bills are the culmination of four years of work by the bicameral, bipartisan Blight Task Force. 

Since 2009, eight states have enacted expedited foreclosure laws as a way to help local governments and responsible taxpayers maintain and rebuild their communities.