RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The leader of the North Carolina House says he’ll urge colleagues next year to pass a $1.9 billion public education bond referendum that would go to voters in 2020.

House Speaker Tim Moore announced Thursday he would also travel the state to back his debt proposal, of which about two-thirds would benefit K-12 public schools. The remainder would be split between University of North Carolina campuses and community colleges.

A Moore news release quoted state schools Superintendent Mark Johnson as supporting the idea. Voters approved a $2 billion debt package in 2016, with proceeds largely going to UNC system schools.

Moore is in line to be re-elected speaker next month. House Republicans will retain a majority of seats next year. They picked him Wednesday to be their nominee.

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