Missouri Lawmaker Proposes Bonds to Build New Veterans Home

Mar 16, 2015

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A Missouri Republican wants to see bonds approved by voters used to fund a new nursing home for veterans in order to reduce a 2,000-person waiting list.

The measure sponsored by Rep. Lindell Shumake, of Hannibal, is scheduled for a House committee hearing Monday.

The constitutional amendment would allow the state to issue $50 million in new bonds, the estimated cost for a new 150-bed facility.

Shumake says Missouri voters would want to see a new veterans home.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon called on lawmakers in his January State of the State address to find money to build a new facility to get rid of the waiting list.

A measure in the Senate to allow existing bonding authority to be used for new construction has stalled.