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General Assembly adjourns without Va. budget

Saturday - 3/8/2014, 3:10pm  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia state lawmakers are headed home without having passed a biennial budget.

The General Assembly's 2014 regular session came to end Saturday with lawmakers deadlocked on whether to accept federal Medicaid funds in exchange for providing publicly funded health insurance to as many as 400,000 low-income residents.

Lawmakers passed several other measures with bipartisan support Saturday, including legislation aimed at improving the state's mental health services and tightening ethics rules for state lawmakers.

The General Assembly also voted to reduce the number of standardized tests students in elementary and middle schools will have to take and to delay implementation of a new A-F school grading system by two years.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has called a special session to pass a budget on March 24.

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