INDIANAPOLIS – A first-term Democratic state lawmaker says he plans to push a series of neighborhood revitalization measures that would crack down on home abandoners, bad landlords and thieves.

State Rep. Justin Moed, D-Indianapolis, unveiled a set of bills on Friday that he said he will introduce during the General Assembly’s four-month, budget-writing session that kicks off Monday.

He said he wants to create a “neighborhood revitalization fund” that would provide municipal governments low-interest loans in order to renovate abandoned homes. He said it’s an issue that hits both “urban and rural areas across the state.”

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