Kansas lawmakers agree to issue biodefense lab bonds
05/16/2013 5:47 PM
05/20/2014 10:44 AM
Kansas House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to authorize issuing $202 million in bonds to build a federal biodefense research lab in Manhattan.
Negotiators agreed Thursday to allow the state to issue the bonds.
Kansas previously authorized $105 million in bonds to help build the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility near Kansas State University. Gov. Sam Brownback says the additional bonds will fulfill the state's obligation for the estimated $1.5 billion project.
The lab will research dangerous animal diseases, replacing an aging facility on Plum Island, N.Y. Construction has already started.
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