GI, Kearney Still Waiting on Vets Home Bill Decision


The waiting game continues, as the legislature takes no action on a bill dealing with the Veterans Home.

State Senator Mike Gloor of Grand Island has a proposal that would require lawmakers to sign off on the move of any large state facility, including the vets home.

However, his bill failed to make it out of committee last week. The vote by the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee was 3 to 4 after the group changed the bill so it applied to future projects, not the controversial veterans home move.

The Government and Veterans Affairs Committee came back to it again Thursday, but took no action. Gloor was hopeful the committee would reconsider the vote when they meet again next Tuesday.

Gloor said the bill would help avoid the divisiveness that Grand Island and Kearney have felt. However, Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney has argued the legislature should let the process continue, after Gov. Heineman's decision to locate the new home in Kearney.