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Vets’ nursing facility bill not done yet as House concurrence vote fails

The House of Representatives gallery is packed during the opening session of the 2019 Wyoming Legislature on Jan. 8, 2019, in the Jonah Business Center in Cheyenne. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The Veterans’ Skilled Nursing Facility bill failed in a House concurrence vote Friday, Feb. 15. The Senate version of the bill that passed on third reading Thursday contained amendments to the version of the bill the House passed in January.

Because the Senate passed the bill with amendments, the amended bill needed to pass a concurrence vote in the House. That failed on Friday with the House voting 15 to 43 with 2 abstaining.

The Wyoming Legislative Service Office said the bill will now go to a joint House and Senate Concurrence Committee for consideration. The House has already appointed members to this committee but the Senate has not yet done so, according to the Legistlative Service Office.

The office said the joint committee could come to an agreement and pass the bill or that the bill could die in that committee.

Both the House and the Senate versions of the bill previously passed would locate the nursing facility in Buffalo. Casper and Sheridan have also been closely considered as possible locations.

Oil City has been covering the bill as it moves through the Legislature. This Feb. 13 article shows the concept site designs for the possible Buffalo, Casper and Sheridan locations.

This Feb. 12 article considered the distinction between assisted living facilities and the more intensive skilled nursing facilities.

This Feb. 8 article took a look at the feasibility studies that were conducted in recommending a location for the skilled nursing facility.