Massachusetts lawmakers OK 2 spending bills

The bill includes $151M for public library projects

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers have given final approval to two bills that would let the state borrow up to $2.3 billion to pay for major infrastructure and information technology projects.

A $1.3 billion capital bond bill includes $20 million for renovations to the Senate chamber and another $20 million for renovations to the House chamber.

An architectural view of the Senate chamber found serious structural issues, including falling pieces of ceiling, cracking in cornices, leaning columns and deteriorating decorative walls.

The bill also includes $151 million for public library projects.

A $1 billion information technology bond bill also approved Wednesday includes $38 million for a public school district broadband program and $12 million to help track the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of individuals with autism.

The bills now head to Gov. Deval Patrick.

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