"Zombie houses:" Mayor speaks out on bill that would allow homes to sit vacant for a year

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Monday, March 7th warned more "zombie houses" will be created if state senators pass a new law in Madison.

The so-called "zombie houses" are abandoned by their owners, and unwanted by the banks.

Current law forces banks to put a "zombie house" up for sale five weeks after it is found to be abandoned.

A new proposal would move the deadline back to 12 months.

Mayor Barrett says that would mean more empty houses.

Barrett is asking that senators not take the bill up for a vote.