Lawmakers voted to advance a measure that would let cities in Nebraska's largest metro area create a public authority or land bank to bid on tax-delinquent properties.
Lawmakers voted 32-0 on Wednesday to move the bill to the next round of debate.
The bill (LB97) is intended to help Omaha and Sarpy County acquire tax-delinquent properties, so they can be redeveloped.
Four other states allow land banking to redevelop properties so they're no longer tax-delinquent.
A Nebraska legislative study conducted last year found that Omaha has more than 15,000 vacant or abandoned properties. Most of those lots are located east of Interstate 680.
A public authority would be required to have a seven-member board, with a representative from each city council district.