Bill Would Require Legislative Okay Before State Could Relocate Services

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Lawmakers would step into an ongoing dispute over the new Central Nebraska Veterans Home, if one state senator has his way. Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island plans to introduce a bill in January requiring legislative approval before the state could relocate major buildings or services. The bill would apply to facilities that cost more than $15 million.

Gloor says requiring legislative approval would make the process more transparent. He's also concerned that the current open bidding process pits Nebraska cities against one another in a fight for resources.

Gov. Dave Heineman announced in July the 126-year-old facility would move to Kearney from its longtime home in Grand Island. Heineman made the decision after getting a recommendation from a committee of three appointed state department heads.

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