A Senate committee approved legislation Wednesday that would launch a $2.4 billion plan to rebuild aging Baltimore city schools, putting the measure on an apparent fast track toward final passage.
The Budget & Taxation Committee cast a bipartisan 13-0 vote to approve the House-passed bill, which would provide the first $1.1 billion for the plan, with no substantive amendments. That means that if it passes without further changes on the Senate floor, the measure would likely avoid a conference committee and quickly land on Gov.
The plan is expected to let the city school system replace about 15 schools and renovate about 35 others over the next six years by providing $60 million a year -- $20 million each from the state, city government and the school system -- over the next three decades to let the
Winning approval of a massive school reconstruction effort was the No. 1 priority of city lawmakers this session, but passage of such a measure came into the session as a long shot.