Senators Discuss Possible Bills at Legislative Forum

By: Megan Johnson Email
By: Megan Johnson Email
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Taxes, Medicaid, water, and the Veterans Home were just a few of the topics four state senators discussed at a legislative forum in Aurora on Monday.

When the Legislature convenes on Jan. 8, Speaker Greg Adams says things might be a little different as it will be the last session for 17 term-limited senators, including himself.

"Though I don't expect them to act any differently than they have for the last seven years, nonetheless, on a vote or two in committee, on the floor, it could make a difference," says Adams.

Adams says several hundred bills could be introduced, and Senator Mike Gloor says one of those he brings will be about the Veterans Home in Grand Island.

Gloor didn't say if the bill aims to stop the move of the Vets Home from GI to Kearney, but Senator Annette Dubas says she supports changes to the process.

"It's bigger than just the veterans home now, it's how are we going to do business in the future, are we going to start pitting communities against each other?" says Dubas.

Dubas says the Vets Home is not like a business that doesn't exist yet, and she wants to see communities work together, not against each other.

"When we put those types of processes in place, it doesn't lend towards good community relationships, and that's what's disappointing for me," she says.

Adams says he's not sure if he'll be supportive without seeing an actual bill. He says the unicameral approved the vets home funding last session, and laid out criteria for choosing a site.

"The executive [branch] did that, it was made public the first part of July, you know, beyond that I don't know whether the Legislature will take it up or not, it frankly depends on what Senator Gloor brings," says Adams.

Gloor plans to reveal more about his bill at a legislative forum in Grand Island on Wednesday.

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