BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are hoping to spend as much as $40 million to upgrade the House and Senate chambers at the Statehouse.
On Tuesday, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he’s seeking up to $20 million for repairs to the 160-seat House chambers, including what he called wiring and flooring issues.READ MORE: Man In 'Grave Condition' After South Shore Plaza Shooting In Braintree; No Arrests Made Yet
DeLeo’s comments came after Senate leaders announced a similar $20 million renovation plan.
Senate leaders said the money is needed to make critical repairs including fixing damaged cornices and pieces falling from the ceiling.
Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday told reporters the Statehouse is an historic building and lawmakers have a responsibility to maintain it.READ MORE: Vigil And March Held In Belmont For Henry Tapia, One Year After Being Killed In Road Rage Confrontation
Patrick’s own office is undergoing a $9 million overhaul.
DeLeo said the biggest challenge is where to hold formal sessions when work is underway in the House chamber.
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