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Va. General Assembly convenes session

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The General Assembly has returned to Richmond for a 60-day session to deal with the state budget and a long list of other issues.

The Senate and the House of Delegates were gaveled into session at noon Wednesday.

As he heads out the door, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell has left lawmakers and Democratic Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe a proposed $95.6 billion budget. That will be one of the last bills passed before the assembly adjourns.

Other big issues include mental health and ethics reform and McAuliffe's goal of expanding Medicaid to an additional 400,000 Virginians under the federal health care law.

McDonnell gave his final State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night, and McAuliffe will be inaugurated Saturday


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