Senate panel puts brakes on school construction

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Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The Senate Appropriations Committee is putting the brakes on some K-12 school building projects in the state.

The panel on Thursday unanimously advanced House Bill 42 to the floor of the full House for further debate but not until it voted to delay three projects. Two of the projects are in Big Horn County District 4, and one in Albany 1.

Members of the committee objected to the projects appearing on the design and construction list without appearing to go through the initial planning step under the established process.

Sen. Bill Landen, who chairs the Select Committee on School Facilities, explained that his committee was trying to get school building projects moving after some frustration with red tape holding up progress in the past.

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