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General Assembly OKs Clayton State science building funds

— Clayton State University officials have waited years to break ground on a new science building, but they may not have to wait much longer.

Both chambers of the Georgia General Assembly passed a $19.8 billion state budget Thursday that includes $19.8 million to build a science facility at the Morrow-based school. The Senate passed the budget conference committee report 54-0 just after 6 p.m., and the House of Representatives passed it 175-1 shortly before 8:30 p.m.

Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville) told his colleagues Gov. Nathan Deal helped secure the building project's place in the state budget.

"That was a project that was badly needed over the last few years, but the governor stepped forward and helped us," said Hill. "That was such a huge project. It would have really burdened our bond package but he stepped forward and realized it was the right thing to do."

Deal must sign the budget before it becomes official.

Read Saturday's edition of Clayton News Daily for more information about Clayton County fared during the 2013 legislative term.