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Published February 10, 2010, 08:09 AM

Billion Dollar Public Works Bill Clears Senate

The Democratic-controlled Senate has passed a $1 billion construction projects bill, ignoring Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto threat.

By: Asssociated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Democratic-controlled Senate has

passed a $1 billion construction projects bill, ignoring Republican

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto threat.

The bonding bill passed on a 52-14 vote on Tuesday.

The legislation would funnel money to state university

buildings, civic centers and outdoor projects. But it left out to

expand the state sex offender treatment program, one of Pawlenty's

priorities.

Pawlenty repeated his threat to reject the entire package on

Tuesday, saying the bill is "misprioritized." He is urging

legislators to scrap the proposal and start over.

The bill still has a way to go before landing on his desk. The

House version is slated for a vote on Monday as Democrats push to

get a final bill to Pawlenty this month.

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