Land Bank Bill Is Voted out of Senate Committee House Bill 313 cleared another hurdle yesterday after it passed out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee by a unanimous vote. A Senate floor vote is expected as early as next week, and we encourage supporters to contact their local State Senators to urge them to vote for passage. The bill passed the House in December.
The bill would authorize additional counties in Ohio to create land banks, which is currently only available to Cuyahoga County. Thanks to an amendment accepted in Senate committee, the original population limit was lowered to 60,000 and would grant 41 counties in all the authority to form a county-wide land bank.
Please check out a recent opinion editorial by Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz about the need for this legislation.
Also the Akron Beacon Journal recently editorialized on foreclosure tools and mentioned the need for passage of this legislation.
And lastly the Dispatch did a story where both Gene and Dawn from Greater Ohio were quoted along with Franklin County Treasurer Ed Leonard.