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Saukville Representative denies conflict of interest in land lord bill passed by Assembly

SAUKVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - A state lawmaker denies having a conflict-of-interest, by authoring a bill that gives more power to landlords.

Saukville Assembly Republican Duey Stroebel owns a $635,000 rental complex on Milwaukee’s east side.

The Journal Sentinel said part of Stroebel’s bill benefits himself, by eliminating a requirement that Milwaukee landlords provide ownership information to a city agency.

Neighborhood Services commissioner Art Dahlberg says the reporting program gives information to landlords so they can manage their risk – and it helps the city by letting police and fire officials notify landlords quickly if there’s a problem.

Stroebel said he would get no special favors over other landlords in Milwaukee – and he’d rather propose a bill that’s based on his own real-life experience instead of relying on lobbyists for making policy decisions.

The Assembly passed the bill almost three weeks ago, and it awaits Senate action this fall.

Stroebel said it would ease burdensome requirements for landlords throughout Wisconsin, and it would hold tenants responsible for more damages.

Critics say the bill tramples on consumer rights.