Brownback vetoes blight bill; some Wichita officials frustrated

Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for cities to take abandoned homes and transfer them to nonprofit housing rehabilitation groups. Senate Bill 84 was designed to make it easier for cities to go to court to turn abandoned houses over to nonprofit groups, such as Habitat for Humanity and Mennonite Housing, that build and rehabilitate homes for the poor.The bill originated in Kansas City, Kan. It was endorsed by the Wichita City Council, which saw it as an opportunity to improve inner-city neighborhoods.

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