House Bill 82 Passes First Read in Senate With Buffalo as Specified Site

State Senator Dave Kinskey
State Senator Dave Kinskey

House Bill 82, which authorizes the building of a veterans skilled nursing facility in the state, on Monday passed on first reading of the Committee Of the Whole (COW) in the senate, with one failed amendment and one approved amendment to the bill.

The first amendment would have replaced Buffalo with Casper as the site for the facility, as approved by the senate's Transportation, Highways, and Military Affairs Committee, but that amendment was voted down by the COW.

State Senator Dave Kinskey of Sheridan explains what happened on the senate floor with the bill.

Kinskey said the amendment that was approved on the bill was a technicality that gave the state authorization to apply for and accept $17 million in Federal funding for the facility if approved by the legislature.

According to Kinskey, the bill, having passed its first reading in the senate, will now have a second reading on Tuesday and a third reading on Wednesday.
If the bill is approved with minor changes, it will then be sent to Governor Mark Gordon for his signature.

If the bill has major changes approved by the senate in the next two readings, it will then go to a conference committee to work out the differences.
If the committee fails to reach an agreement the bill will die, or if they can reach an agreement it would then be sent to the governor for his signature.

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