Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly of the District of Columbia recently signed bills authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds for a variety of area projects, including a $165.3 million refinancing for Howard University.

The Howard moneys are being used to renovate six dormitories, and to construct a parking garage for the school's hospital and an addition to the law school.

Mayor Kelly also signed a bill that would authorize the issuance of up to $25 million of revenue bonds to finance construction and renovation at Catholic University of America. Bond proceeds would not be used for buildings where sectarian religious instruction or worship take place.

Other revenue bond bills signed by the mayor include $15 million to finance capital improvements at the Capital Children's Museum, and $42.2 million to finance machinery and equipment purchases for Children's Hospital.

The bills now go to Congress, which jealously guards its review authority but has never disapproved a revenue bond measure for the district.

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