Bevin Vetoes Portion of Veterans Nursing Home Bill

Apr 12, 2017

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has vetoed a portion of a bill that will help fund a veterans nursing home in Bowling Green. 

Part of the bill would have required the state to pay back bonds supporting the project before it spends money on another debt.  Bevin vetoed that language, saying it sets a bad precedent. 

The bill was co-sponsored by State Representative Michael Meredith.  The Brownsville Republican says the vetoed portion contained language added by a Senate committee.

"It just prioritized the bond funding for the nursing home over another project in the lapsing of debt service," explained Meredith.  "It was just purely a requirement of the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Chairman that it was put in there before coming before his committee."

Meredith says the governor’s veto doesn’t put the project in jeopardy. 

State lawmakers this session approved a bill committing $10.5 million for a veterans nursing home that would serve south central Kentucky.  The money  will be matched with federal dollars.