House Democratic leaders push energy efficient schools bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- House Democratic leaders are hoping to win the support of Senate Republicans for legislation that would make Tennessee schools more energy efficient.

Democrats, who have a majority in the House, say the "Energy Efficient Schools Initiative of 2008" would create a fund using up to $200 million in lottery surplus money.

Lottery reserves is expected to be about $440 million this year.

The Democrats' plan is an alternative to one developed in 2007 by House Republicans.

That proposal calls for using $150 million to $200 million from the surplus to fund unrestricted matching construction grants for each of the state's 136 school systems.

The money would be distributed based on the number of students in each district.

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