A house committee took the first vote Tuesday in deciding the fate of the Kansas Neurological Institute.
The house social services budget committee acted on the governors proposal to close KNI.
The Kansas Neurological Institute facility cares for more than 140 people with severe developmental disabilities and those individuals are now a step closer to needing a new home.
Lawmakers will make a final decision on closing KNI in the budget debate.
Governor Brownback has said he has been assured KNI's residents would receive quality care in the community and that costs to the state for providing services to the institute's residents can be reduced by a projected $300,000.
The Governor's budget proposal calls for beginning a 23-month process to close KNI.
This is just a first step... both the full house and senate would still need to approve the decision.