State lawmakers file bills for new ECU Brody School of Medicine building

Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 1:25 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2021 at 3:36 PM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle today filed separate bills to construct a new ECU Brody School of Medicine building.

Republicans were the first to file a bill that would give $215 million over the next several years to fund the new building.

The bill was filed today by House Majority Leader John Bell of Wayne County.

Sponsors include Speaker of the House Tim Moore, Rep. Chris Humphrey from Lenoir County, and Rep. Ed Goodwin from Chowan.

Several hours later, Democratic lawmakers from Pitt County announced a similar funding bill for Brody. In the House, Rep. Kandie Smith and Rep, Brian Farkas introduced their measure, while Sen. Don Davis introduced an identical bill in the Senate.

Funding for the facility was previously tied to the last legislative session’s budget.

The budget became subject to vetoed gridlock between Governor Roy Cooper and Republican lawmakers because it did not have Medicaid expansion and other priorities for Cooper in it.

Republicans project an economic impact for the building’s construction to be $395 million and would provide 1,700 jobs. By 2028, they say the new facility is projected to have an annual impact of $300 million.

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