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.