Public Money Approved, Private Money Donated To Build UNLV Med School
In the works for years, a new medical school is finally going to become a reality at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The Nevada Legislature gave final approval Monday night to a bill that includes $25 million in state money to build the UNLV School of Medicine.
It's been a priority for Gov. Brian Sandoval, who announced earlier Monday he'd received $25 million in matching funds from an anonymous private donor to launch construction.
The deal was contingent on the matching funds. Sandoval believes it's the single largest philanthropic contribution in state history.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 553 unanimously. Nine Republicans opposed it in the Assembly, where it passed 33-9.
Lawmakers also gave final approval to a capital improvements package that includes $43 million for a new engineering building at the University of Nevada, Reno. Sandoval says he'll sign both bills.