450 Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) leaders assembled to focus state legislators' attention on immigration. Stories of immigrants and refugees highlighted the economic and legal realities faced by Omaha newcomers while business, religious and academic allies testified about the impact of immigrants on Nebraska, making a case for comprehensive immigration reform at the national level and against piecemeal legislation at the state. Three of the five key Senators on the Judicial Committee participated in the assembly.
OTOC Keeps Focus on Immigration, Omaha World Herald
In the city, leaders have persuaded councilmembers to propose raising the re-inspection fee on landlords for substandard rental properties. Since 2003, city fees have stagnated at $41 per re-inspection, a fee so low that 4,000 cases with unpaid fees remain open. Leaders hope to increase the fees to $125 per re-inspection over the next three years, well above the level needed for an unpaid fee to appear on a landlord's credit report. The vote is set for late October.