Bill to finance building repairs, block gov. authority passes
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri senators have passed a bill slated for repairs to state buildings and some new construction.
Senators voted 26-5 Thursday to lift restrictions on $200 million in bonds that had been intended to pay for a new mental health facility at Fulton State Hospital.
The Legislature last year authorized the bonds to pay for the mental health facility, but Missouri later found a different way to finance it.
Republican Sen. Mike Parson's bill would allow the state to use that bonding authority to pay for other building repairs and $75 million in new construction.
The measure also included language intended to block the governor from extending existing bonds without approval from lawmakers.
The bill now advances to the House.