It took the House about 20 minutes to concur with some Senate changes to a bill appropriating $478 million in federal funds, and the bill now moves to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk.

The funds in House Bill 2 constitute about one-third of $1.1 billion of available American Rescue Plan Act funds, as well as another $130 million in federal money. Among other measures, the funding will be used to expand broadband services, upgrade roads and bridges, provide housing assistance for the homeless and shore up a teacher loan forgiveness fund.

Lawmakers plan to deal with the remaining funds during the regular 30-day session that begins next month.

General Assignment Reporter

Robert Nott has covered education and youth issues for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He is assigned to The New Mexican's city desk where he covers a general assignment beat.

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