published Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

House, Senate adopt Haslam’s $32.8 billion budget plan

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, speaks about Gov. Bill Haslam's annual spending plan on the Senate floor in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The chamber later unanimously approved the budget plan.
Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, speaks about Gov. Bill Haslam's annual spending plan on the Senate floor in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The chamber later unanimously approved the budget plan.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam’s $32.8 billion budget proposal has been adopted by both chambers of the General Assembly.

The Senate unanimously approved the spending plan on Wednesday afternoon, and the House later voted 83-14 to follow suit.

The House vote came after the chamber rejected a Democratic proposal to include a provision to allow for the state to spend up to $3 billion in federal Medicaid money should the governor succeed in negotiating an expansion under the federal health care law.

Republican House Finance Chairman Charles Sargent of Franklin said Haslam’s negotiations are unlikely to succeed within the next several months, and that the governor has pledged to seek legislative approval if any deal is struck.

The bill goes back to the Senate to weigh minor changes made by the House.

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