A bill to consolidate veterans’ services in Nebraska was given final approval April 24.
LB340, introduced by Gretna Sen. John Murante on behalf of the governor, transfers all programs, services and duties of the state Department of Health and Human Services Division of Veterans’ Homes to the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs, effective July 1, 2017.
The bill also creates the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Cash Fund to receive all money paid to the state by members of the Nebraska veterans’ homes. Division employees will be considered employees of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs after the transition and retain their rights and service under the state personnel system.
LB340 passed on a 49-0 vote.