Senator says mayor's rental housing proposal falls short

The negotiations over a possible rental property ordinance in Omaha have yet to reach a conclusion. The negotiations over a possible rental property ordinance in Omaha have yet to reach a conclusion.

Sen. Wayne said the two sides agreed he would kill his bill in the legislature if the city introduced its own ordinance requiring a proactive inspection program.

He said the proposal he received from the mayor fell short.

"I have just submitted to our law department today and ordinance for them to write. This is based on a lot of work I've done with our planning department and also I've had some conversations with some senators, and with Speaker Scheer," Stothert said.

Wayne said the mayor's proposed ordinance needs to line up with what they had agreed upon, which includes phased-in proactive inspection of rental units more than five years old.

"I'm hoping for a proactive inspection program and a registry. We can call it different names, but at the end of the day we have to proactively make sure people can live and prosper in conditions that allow families to be safe and secure," Wayne said in an interview last month.

The senator said the mayor has until next Tuesday to get an acceptable proposal in front of the city council. If she doesn't he will request to get LB85 moved to the floor of the legislature on Thursday.

The mayor did not say when she would present her proposed ordinance to the city council.

A separate draft ordinance requested by councilmen Ben Gray and Chris Jerram is expected to go before the city council next week.