Heineman Vetoes Grant Program Bill for Schools

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has vetoed a proposed grant program to create school-based health centers.

Heineman said in a letter to lawmakers that the measure
improperly uses state lottery proceeds, which can only be spent for
education purposes. He also says such school health facilities
already exist at the community level, and should remain a local
responsibility.

The bill would allocate $200,000 a year for competitive school
district grants to create the health clinics. It would sunset in
June 2014.

The bill's sponsor, Omaha Sen. Jeremy Nordquist, says he will
file a motion to override the governor's veto. Lawmakers plan to
attempt veto overrides on three other bills on their final day of
the session.

The bill is LB 1020.


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