The General Assembly is expected to approve a capital budget for fiscal 2015 that will send $3.5 million to two Anne Arundel County high schools for turf field projects.
The Senate on Saturday voted 44-3 to approve Senate Bill 171 after differences between versions passed in the House and Senate were worked out by a conference committee. The House is expected to approve the committee's report later in the day.
The conference committee report includes $2.2 million for athletic facility improvements at Annapolis High School and $1.3 million for the same at South River High School.
The allocation comes after the Senate passed a capital budget in March without any money for the schools. The Senate stripped funds proposed in Gov. Martin O'Malley's fiscal 2015 proposal, which allocated $700,000 for each of the projects.
But the House, led by Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Annapolis, countered the Senate's move by allocating $3.5 million for the two schools. The conference committee agreed with the House, only changing the House's proposal by shifting $50,000 from Annapolis to South River.
The conference committee's capital budget will also send millions to an array of projects in and around Anne Arundel County, if it is approved by the House. The grants include: