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 had approved the bill earlier and the state also has approved a tax credit to aid the redevelopment.
The developer expects to rebuild the school and keep it open. But the sale is opposed by some alumni of the school who say the sale process was not inclusive. They rallied to oppose the bill Wednesday outside the state Capitol.
Michigan lawmakers are wrapping up final votes before ending their 2009-10 legislative session.