Bryant signed House Bill 1729 (http://bit.ly/1TGH5CZ ) on Tuesday, and it becomes law July 1.
The projects must be approved by the three-member state Bond Commission before the state can issue bonds to take on long-term debt. The commissioners are the governor, the state treasurer and the attorney general.
Treasurer Lynn Fitch has called the bill a “Christmas-tree-collection of earmarked goodies.”
The bill includes $69.2 million for construction projects at universities, $25 million for community colleges and $45 million for Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. It also includes $16.6 million to complete two history museums in Jackson that are scheduled to open for the state bicentennial in 2017.