Columbus –Today, State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) was a guest speaker at a lobby day hosted by the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative (MVOC) to encourage support for blighted property revitalization legislation that he will introduce in the 130th General Assembly.

The legislation will make it easier for citizens to clean up blighted properties in their neighborhoods by updating Ohio’s criminal trespassing laws. More specifically, it will exclude individuals who enter abandoned or blighted property for the purpose of remediation from being charged with trespassing.

“It was an honor to speak to over 100 members from faith, labor and neighborhood organizations about the importance of this legislation,” said Senator Schiavoni. “The city of Youngstown alone has roughly 4,000 houses that are abandoned and we should allow residents the opportunity to revitalize them into beautiful public spaces.”

The legislation, first introduced in April 2011 during the 129th General Assembly, will include changes such as:

  • Protecting land owners from being civilly liable by upholding the general rules governing liability to trespassers.
  • Allow remediation to be done only during daylight hours to deter illegal trespassers from inhabiting the property.

“It is imperative that we pass this legislation as it will help clean up our communities and respect the rights of landowners,” said Senator Schiavoni. “It’s a win-win situation for all parties involved.”

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