RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia’s Senate expects to vote Monday to approve a version of the state budget, something it did not do during a 60-day regular General Assembly.
The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved its version of a new budget Thursday, incorporating some of the Democratic demands that had been made for advancing a new two-year state funding plan. One of the concessions was relief for tolls on a tunnel in Hampton Roads.
Another major concession may come Monday when a floor amendment requiring the state to pay for mandatory pre-abortion ultrasounds is offered.
The amendment would require insurers to pay the cost of the procedure mandated in a bill passed this year. The state would provide up to $3 million over the next two years to pay the costs for the uninsured.