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State Senate committee passes new version of Wake County school construction bill

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The effort to give the Wake County Board of Commissioners control over school construction may have gotten a jumpstart today.

The Senate Rules Committee approve a modified version of House Bill 726 that strips out the wording about school funding in favor of language that allows the Wake commissioners to take over school construction.

Unlike Senate Bill 236, which affects nine counties, the new version of H726 affects only Wake.

Sen. Neal Hunt, a Raleigh Republican who introduced S236, said he's confident that only covering Wake will get the bill approved in the House, which has balked at the earlier bill.

UPDATE

Here's the potential timeline for the bill.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill Friday. Unless Democrats object to third reading, the bill could be approved in one day. It could then go to the House as soon as Monday where a single concurring vote could take place that day to make it a law.

Click here to read House Bill 726.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.
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