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Mo. House endorses $1.2B bonding proposal

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has endorsed a $1.2 billion proposal to pay for improvements to public universities, a state mental hospital and state parks.

The plan includes funding for higher education, the state Capitol and a new facility at the Fulton State Hospital. It also would create a fund from which public K-12 schools could borrow for capital needs. Money also could be used for ports and rural water projects.

The House gave first-round approval to the proposal Thursday, the same day that they approved money for Fulton hospital design plans and Capitol repairs.

The bonding measure needs another vote before moving to the Senate. Voter approval would be required if the measure passes the Legislature. Lawmakers have about two weeks before adjourning.