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Transportation, budget, Medicaid all OKed in Va.

Saturday - 2/23/2013, 6:01pm  ET

State Senators, Richard Saslaw, D-Fairfax, right, Charles Colgan, D-Prince William, back to camera, Emmett Hanger, R-Augusta, left, Thomas Norment, R-James City County, second from left, and John Watkins, R-Powhatan, second from right, discuss proceedings during a break in the Senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The two largest measures before Virginia's General Assembly -- the state budget and a landmark reform of the way Virginia funds its 58,000-mile highway network -- have won final passage.

The measures were approved Saturday, just before lawmakers ended a 2013 session that remained fractious and dramatic into its final hours.

The budget passed the House and Senate by comfortable margins, as did the transportation funding bill.

Both passed only after senior budget writers tweaked a proposal to expand Medicaid that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli had ruled would be unconstitutional. Democrats had said they would not give their crucial votes to the budget and transportation bills without assurance that the Medicaid expansion would be pushed through.

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