Nebraska Veterans Home Bill Stalls in Committee

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A bill that might keep a Nebraska veterans' home from moving from Grand Island to Kearney has stalled in a legislative committee.

"It's heartbreaking really, because once again the veterans voices have been silenced," said Don Shuda, the Hall County Veterans Affairs Officer.

The measure failed to advance Wednesday out of the Legislature's Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

"It was an opportunity for the state of Nebraska to provide a full debate a full legislative hearing on the issue and again it's just heartbreaking to know that our voices have been silenced for those members out there."

The bill by Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island would require state agencies to submit their relocation proposals to lawmakers if it costs $15 million or more." said Shuda.

In July, Gov. Dave Heineman announced that the state would build a new, $121 million Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney. The home has been in Grand Island for nearly 127 years.

"There is a lot of testimony in favor of LB935 and it kind of surprises me that perhaps that more of that wasn't listened to evidently." Shuda said.

Committee members changed the bill so it would only apply to future projects, but it still stalled, 3-4. Gloor says he hopes the committee takes another vote.