Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt. Photo credit: John Lee/WYPR.

Baltimore County police would find it easier to shut down businesses with ties to crimes of violence, prostitution, drugs and illegal gambling under a bill being introduced in the County Council Monday.

Under current law, authorities need two criminal convictions on the premises to shut down a place.

The bill would allow authorities to close a business if police officers write it up for at least two public nuisance violations over two years.

Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said there have been cases where delays getting convictions led to serious crimes being committed.

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