SALEM — A Senate committee has stripped a tenant protections bill of a key provision that would have allowed cities to impose limits on rent increases.

The Senate Committee on Human Services voted 4-to-1 Wednesday to make changes to House Bill 2004 A. The most significant change denied cities the authority to impose rent control. Instead, senators added a limit on the frequency, but not the amount, of rent increases allowed per year. Landlords would be restricted to raising the rent once per year, but they could hike the price of rent by an unlimited amount.