Mar 2, 2010 2:03 PM by David Ortiviz

Committee passes bill to block Trinidad nursing home sale

A bill to block the sale of a state-run nursing home in Trinidad got past its first hurdle this week. House Bill 12-17 would repeal the state's authority to sell the Trinidad State Nursing home. On Monday, a Health and Human Services committee in the Colorado House of Representatives passed the bill through committee by a vote of 7 to 2. The bill should go to the House floor for a vote in the next few weeks.

"This is a big success for the first round of the bill," said Rep. Buffie McFadyen, (D) of Pueblo West, who co-sponsored the legislation.

In 2009, McFadyen and other lawmakers passed a bill allowing the Department of Health and Human Services to sell the nursing home to a private owner. However, McFadyen says at that time she wasn't aware of a deed, which states the building must be used as a state run nursing home, or the property must be turned over to Trinidad State Junior College.

"I think we can come up with a more positive solution than privatizing it," said Rep. McFadyen.


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