A legislative panel took measures to assure that money realized from sale of excess Utah State Training School land will fund programs for the handicapped.

The training school has more than 600 acres formerly used for agriculture on the bench in the Highland area. Although there are no immediate plans to sell the land, HB33, sponsored by Don LeBaron, R-Highland, would put any money realized from such a sale into a special account.Interest from the account could be appropriated by the Legislature for programs that would benefit those who are handicapped, but the principal could never be touched.

The House Social Services Standing Committee approved the measure.