LINCOLN — A bill that could have reopened the debate about moving a veterans home from Grand Island to Kearney failed to advance to the floor of the Nebraska Legislature on Wednesday.
The Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee voted 4-3 not to advance Legislative Bill 935, introduced by State Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island.
The bill would take away the governor's authority to relocate major state institutions and give it to the Legislature.
But prior to Wednesday's vote, the committee stripped out a “look back” provision in the bill, meaning it could not apply retroactively to the pending plan to build a new Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney.
Gov. Dave Heineman decided to build a new $121 million home in Kearney after a site selection scoring process ranked Kearney first, followed by Hastings, Grand Island and North Platte.
The home has operated in Grand Island for 127 years and provided jobs for 350.