Nevada Senate passes Capital Improvement Project bill

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - The Nevada Senate has passed Senate Bill 546, a Capital Improvement Project (CIP), by a vote of 15-6.

CPI is a $346 million bill that provides funding for educational buildings, a veterans nursing home and repairs to state facilities. Of the total amount, $120 million will be spent on three Reno projects: a new Department of Transportation facility, a veterans nursing home and a new engineering building at the University of Nevada, Reno.

SB 546 failed to garner the two-thirds majority in the Senate Thursday, when all Republicans voted against the measure.

Sunday night, Republican Senators Heidi Gansert, Ben Kieckhefer and Becky Harris joined Democrats in support of the bill.

Now it goes to the Assembly. If all Democrats support the measure, it will need one Republican Assembly member to pass.