Vets Home Relocation Bill Dies in Legislature

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A bill inspired by the decision to relocate a Nebraska state veterans home has died in the Legislature, even though it only would have applied to future projects.

Lawmakers voted 13-17 in favor of the measure on Monday. The measure would have required a legislative review of any proposal to move a state service or agency from one community to another, if the cost was $15 million or more.

The original measure by Sen. Mike Gloor, of Grand Island, could have been applied to the decision to move the Central Nebraska Veterans Home from Grand Island to Kearney.

Supporters say the current selection process pits cities against one another. But opponents countered that the bill would have lawmakers picking winners and losers for projects.