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Grand Island Senator to Introduce Veterans Home Bill

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Senator Mike Gloor, of Grand Island, has announced he'll introduce legislation to "take a step back" when it comes to moving the Veterans Home.

Although the bill hasn't been written yet, Gloor said this week that it will include legislative approval for moving any state services costing $15 million or more.

"We have winners and losers in the state of Nebraska," he said. "I'm greatly concerned that, for those of us in out-state if that's the philosophy that will be pursued in the future, how do we compete against Omaha and Lincoln?"

Senator Annette Dubas said she's already told Gloor she will support the bill.

"It's bigger than just the Veterans Home now," Dubas said. "It's, how are we going to do business in the future? Are we going to start pitting communities against each other? It's different when you're vying for a business that doesn't exist yet."

Not all state senators are on board.

Speaker of the Legislature Greg Adams said whether the bill gets taken up in the upcoming session will depend on what else Gloor brings.

"The reality is that during the last session, the appropriations committee sent to the floor a request for an appropriation for the Veterans Home," said Senator Adams. "The body voted on it and within that request there was criterion established that asked the executive branch to do certain things as they were looking at where to site it. The executive did that."

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