Washington state senators have unanimously approved a constitutional amendment to limit the debt connected to the state's construction budget.
Under the measure approved Friday, the state's debt limit for its construction budget would be reduced from 9 percent of general state revenues to 7 percent, decreasing half-a-percent until 2016.
The amendment now heads to the House, where it needs a two-thirds approval. Because the measure would amend the constitution, a simple majority approval by the voters would also be needed.
Many supporters on the Senate floor say that the amendment is a step forward in managing bonds and the budget. Some Republican senators say that the Legislature should build on this amendment and apply it to the general state budget.