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Virginia: 2017 Session Ends; Reconvenes April 5
February 27, 2017

Lawmakers concluded regular floor sessions late Saturday after approving a $107 billion biennial budget that restores public employee salary increases, appropriates funds to mental health services, and secures education funding. Legislators also approved a $7.5 million fund for use by municipalities with high poverty rates, for economic development and job training programs.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on additional funds for mental health assessments of inmates. Legislative leadership indicated that it prefers to wait for a report from a joint subcommittee before moving forward. The General Assembly will reconvene April 5 to consider any of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes.

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