A bill introduced by Sen. Mike Gloor, of Grand Island, prompted by
the relocation of the Grand Island Veterans Home, has advanced out of
committee, but only after the language was changed to apply only to
The Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee
voted 5-3 on Tuesday to send the bill to the full Legislature.
The bill would
require 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
The original measure
could have been applied to the decision to move the veterans home from
Grand Island to Kearney. However, that language was removed, and Gloor
has promised in writing that he won't try to change it back.
The city of Kearney is now moving forward toward federal
funding of the project.