The sale of the Flint site of the Michigan School for the Deaf is expected to move forward after a procedural vote of the state Senate.
Senators gave the bill immediate effect Wednesday, meaning the legislation authorizing the property sale to a developer will be enrolled and forwarded to Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The Legislature approved the bill recently but didn't take the procedural steps needed to send the bill to the governor.
The developer expects to rebuild the school and keep it open. But the sale is opposed by some in the deaf community who say the sale process was not inclusive. They rallied to oppose the bill Wednesday outside the state Capitol.
Lawmakers adjourned Wednesday afternoon and should be done voting in the 2009-10 legislative session.