For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - The bill proposal by Rep. Corey Wilson (R-Augusta) to facilitate the sale of unused state buildings for use as homeless veterans' housing received the unanimous approval of the Legislative Council, the panel of all 10 members of Maine House and Senate leadership.
The bill, LR 2377, was initially rejected on party lines in a bill screening hearing on October 30, with Democrats opposing the measure. Rep. Wilson's successful appeal means that the bill will be referred to a committee for consideration during the January-April 2014 legislative session.
The bill would make it possible for the Bureau of General Services to sell two buildings on the Augusta Mental Health Institute (AMHI) campusbuildings that are scheduled for demolition at a cost of $100,000 to taxpayersto Bread of Life Ministries, a nonprofit veterans' organization that has expressed interest in turning the buildings into housing units.
"This is a no-brainer; a win-win for Maine taxpayers and veterans," said Rep. Wilson, himself a Marine Corps veterans of the second Iraq War. "After the bill was turned down, I met with House Speaker Mark Eves and explained to him the importance of this proposal. I'm glad that he and the rest of the Democratic leaders switched their votes and let my bill move forward."
Rep. Wilson had appeared on talk radio, evening news, and in newspaper stories making the case for his proposal in the weeks leading up to his appeal. He will now have the opportunity to make the case before the full legislature next year.
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