- Associated Press - Thursday, February 23, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House has offered a boost for efforts to build a veterans nursing home in Bowling Green by passing a bill to authorize $10.5 million in bonds for the project.

Its supporters say the commitment of state support will improve chances that the proposed 90-bed facility becomes a reality.

The measure passed on a 99-0 vote Thursday and goes to the Senate.

Supporters say the $10.5 million in bonds would be used to match $19.5 million in federal funding. Rep. Jody Richards says Bowling Green has offered a parcel of land just off a new interchange that will open soon as the site for the nursing home.

Rep. Michael Meredith of Brownsville says the nursing home would support 40,000 veterans in southcentral Kentucky.



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The legislation is House Bill 13.

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