Senator JaNice VanNess of Rockdale wants the Senate to study and recommend strategies for dealing with vacant properties that are unfit for human habitation or for commercial, industrial, or business occupancy.
Senate Resolution 1084 states that vacant and dilapidated real estate structures put the welfare of the public at risk and increase hazards of fire, accidents, or other calamities. Such blighted areas enable the act of drug crimes and adversely affect public health, creating a need for the committee to consider solutions to repair, close, or demolish such structures.
Senator VanNess introduced her resolution after Senate Bill 422 failed to receive committee approval. The broadly-worded bill aimed to make it unlawful for a structure left vacant for more than 30 days to be left in a neglected state of disrepair. The Georgia Association of REALTORS® opposed SB 422 due to its potential for negative impact on private property rights.
The Senate Rules Committee approved SR 1084, and a floor vote is pending. If adopted, GAR will be fully engaged in the discussion and recommendations brought forth by the study committee.
Update: SR 1084 did not receive a floor vote prior to the General Assembly's adjournment for the year.