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Gloor introduces bill over movement of Veterans Home

Posted: 02/14/14 08:40

If your goal is to remove politics from decision-making process, why add 49 more politicians to the process. That was one of the first questions Grand Island Sen. Mike Gloor was asked when he introduced LB 935 to the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs committee this afternoon. The bill would require legislative approval to move state services between jurisdictions. The Central Nebraska Veterans Home is one of those such services. More than a dozen people testified in favor of LB 935, included in two former mayors and the current mayor of Grand Island Jay Vavricek. Their biggest argument—transparency in government decisions ensures public trust in the process. Those who testified against the bill said the process was fair. Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney and a representative with the Department of Health and Human Services said the legislature voted on the process that would be used to decide the future of the home. Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse said he and Vavricek, along with other Central Nebraska mayors signed a letter last March agreeing that their cities should compete for the home.