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State lawmaker working on legislation to crack down on illegal dumping

A state lawmaker is working on legislation to enforce illegal dumping statewide. (WSYX/WTTE)

A state lawmaker is working on legislation to enforce illegal dumping statewide.

State Representative Kristin Boggs said legislation to address the problem started after constituents came to her fed up with landlords dumping former tenants belongings on the curb or in alleys.

"It forces the landlords to dispose of it in a way that will not be a burden on the neighborhood and the people in the neighborhood that have to deal with picking up and cleaning up this left over garbage,” said Representative Boggs.

The lawmaker from Columbus said legislation is in the early stages, but under her bill violators could be fined or even charged with a misdemeanor.

Homeowner Stanley Thornburg lives in Columbus’ Hilltop neighborhood. Thornburg said he’s happy to see the blight issue get attention from a lawmaker and hopes it send a message to

"They should be held to a higher standard to the rest of the community. To any homeowner or anything. Their standards should be higher. No trash, their upkeeps. They should be cited more on enforcement."

Representative Boggs said she will get more community feedback and introduce her legislation in February 2018.

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