N.C. Senate panel backs new Wake school construction bill

Friday, July 19, 2013

New legislation that would single out the Wake County Board of Commissioners in taking over school construction from the school board passed a state Senate committee Thursday, potentially breaking a stalemate that has held up the change.

The Senate Rules Committee approved a revised version of House Bill 726 that strips out the original, broader wording about school funding in favor of new language giving Wake commissioners only such school construction authority. The vote comes as a different bill affecting nine counties, including Wake, has stalled in the House.

“The bill got hung up in the House so we decided to take the other counties out and make it more simple,” said Sen. Neal Hunt, a Raleigh Republican.

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