INDIANAPOLISOn Monday, Senate Bill 292 passed third reading with a vote of 47-1. The bill, authored by State Senator Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) would make it easier for land banks to acquire and improve local properties. Lanane released the following statement on the bill’s advancement:

“I was proud to see Senate Bill 292 pass third reading today. Providing land banks with a list of possible properties and easing the transfer of ownership means that communities can undertake local improvement projects and quality-of-life initiatives more quickly. Hoosiers across the state deserve this chance to better their communities and enhance their day-to-day lives.” Sen. Lanane continued, “Dilapidated properties should not sit on the market for years on end when there is real opportunity to turn them around and make them productive for citizens.

“I’d like to thank the members of the State Senate for their bipartisan support of my bill. This is an essential first step in helping local bodies and citizens have a say in their communities. I sincerely hope this legislation finds support as it advances to the House.”