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Missouri House sends bill to fund construction projects with bonds to committee

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | 8:10 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House of Representatives has sent back to a committee a proposal to issue $1.2 billion in bonds to fund construction projects at college campuses, parks and other state facilities.

Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, said the proposal needs adjustment and that working it out at the committee level would save time.

The bonding package would need voter approval if it clears the legislature, which adjourns May 17. The House Budget Committee will re-examine the bonding measure, and Kelly says the full chamber could vote on it next week.

The proposal calls for at least $500 million to be used for non-higher education projects, with at least $40 million to be dedicated to state parks. It is sponsored by Republican House Speaker Tim Jones of Eureka.


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