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Attorney General Madigan announces $70 million to address vacancy and abandonment across IllinoisOn July 17, 2013, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that Illinois will designate $70 million to support revitalization efforts  across the state.07/17/13
Attorney General Schneiderman announces $20 million for New York land banks On June 26, 2013, NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a new competitive application process to allocate up to $20 million to New York State's eight land banks!
Governor Signs Nebraska Municipal Land Bank Act

On June 4th, 2013, Governor Dave Heineman signed the Nebraska Municipal Land Bank Act into law. Senator Heath Mello (Omaha), the legislation’s author and sponsor, announced that “Today, Nebraska joins other forward-looking states in making critical tools available for municipalities to address the growing problem of vacant, abandoned, and tax-foreclosed properties.”

Returning brownfields to productive use with the BUILD Act

In early March, Senators Lautenberg (D-NJ), Inhofe (R-OK), Crapo (R-ID) and Udall (D-NM) introduced the BUILD Act – a bill that would provide communities with the tools they need to clean up and reuse brownfields.

How the Attorney General Foreclosure Settlements are Affecting Revitalization Efforts around the Country

In February 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice, along with a group of state attorneys general from 49 states entered into a $25 billion settlement with some of the nation’s largest mortgage servicers after a lawsuit over flawed foreclosure practices. The settlement resulted in direct payments to the federal government, states and individual borrowers affected by these faulty foreclosure practices. While many states allocated the money to their general funds, a handful  are dedicating a portion of their settlement money to blight elimination programs to address the vacant, abandoned and problem properties left in the wake of the foreclosure crisis.

Analysis reviews legal, policy, fiscal implications of Michigan senate bills to address blight violationsFive bills were introduced in late April 2012 to the Michigan State Senate that strengthen communities' ability to deal with blight violations. This analysis from the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency looks at both the legal and fiscal implications of this bipartisan effort.06/05/12
Congress undercuts support for American neighborhoods by defunding HUD portion of Sustainable Communities initiativeDespite thousands of phone calls, emails, letters and direct outreach to elected officials, the House budget conference committee failed to include funding for HUD’s Sustainable Communities partnership effort for the 2012 budget year. The following is a statement from Dan Kildee, President and CEO of Center for Community Progress.11/15/11
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs historic land bank legislationNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed historic land bank legislation today, allowing municipalities to take control of problem properties and then redevelop or dispose of them in a manner consistent with the public interest.06/29/11
New York State Assembly legislation creates land bank program to help revitalize communities with many abandoned properties In an effort to help revitalize struggling communities throughout the state with high numbers of abandoned properties, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Local Government Committee Chair William Magnarelli, and Assembly Members Sam Hoyt and Donna Lupardo announced today the passage of legislation that would allow municipalities to create land banks.06/17/11
Pennsylvania Land Bank LegislationAnticipating the filing of state-wide land bank enabling legislation, Dan Kildee testifies to Pennsylvania Senators and Representatives about how land banks can help revitalize communities across Pennsylvania.06/16/11