Legislature override vetoed nursing home bill

Nebraska lawmakers have overridden Gov. Dave Heineman's veto of a bill that would help nursing homes offset expected Medicaid cuts.

Lawmakers voted, 44-0, Thursday to override the veto. Heineman announced Tuesday that he had vetoed the bill (LB600) by Lincoln Sen. Kathy Campbell and an unrelated measure (LB204) to require blood-lead screening for children entering kindergarten. Both vetoes were Heineman's first for this session.

Campbell's bill would allow nursing homes to raise additional federal matching funds to offset likely cuts in Medicaid rates. Heineman said he vetoed the measure because it would increase taxes on nursing home patients. Omaha Sen. Brenda Council, who introduced the blood-lead screening bill, has said she also will challenge Heineman's veto as well.