MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WALA) - Tornado damaged Murphy High School is one step closer to getting some much needed relief in the form of money.
A bill that would give the school millions for repairs passed State Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.
The estimate to fix Murphy High School and bring it up to code was around $35 million, which the school system and insurance could not cover. The bill that passed the committee on Tuesday would make up the difference.
Alabama Representative Napoleon Bracy carried the bill in the House and was there to see it through in the Senate.
"I feel great we are one step closer to final passage," said Bracy.
Murphy High School sustained the damage during the Christmas Day tornado.
The bill gives the historic school $15 million. The rest of the money comes from insurance and the Mobile County Public School System.
State Senator Vivian Davis Figures said the bill is needed not only for Murphy, but for other tornado damaged schools.
The bill also gives those schools a combined $15 million.
"It's very important that our children have a safe place to learn, and we have to come together," said Figures.
There are only two days left in the legislative session and the question is will this bill make it through.
"It's in great position to pass the Senate," said Figures.
With this bill close to passing, Bracy hopes to introduce new legislation next session that makes sure schools are covered in a crisis.
"We're asking for school systems to get gap insurance, and what that means is they will be fully covered. So if something like this happens again, we won't have to go to the state to help fund these programs for these schools we can already have coverage fully," said Bracy.
Davis Figures said the bill should be on the Senate floor Thursday, May 9.
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