The Michigan House has approved a bill that would allow the state to spend money from the federal stimulus act related to energy efficiency, food assistance, unemployment benefits and other programs.
Most of the $194 million included in the bill approved Thursday by an 81-to-27 vote already has been announced for the state and local communities. It was sent to the state mainly through existing federal formulas.
But law requires the Legislature to sign off on the distribution of the money.
The bill now goes to the Senate.
More than $7 billion in federal stimulus spending is expected to pass through the Michigan Legislature over a two-year period.