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The General Assembly's to-do list with less than 3 weeks left

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With less than three weeks left in the General Assembly's session we're taking a closer look at what's on the table and what could soon become law.

The House of Delegates and the State Senate passed separate mental health bills that would give authorities more flexibility when dealing with mental health patients.

The bills would also add $10 million and $20 million respectively in mental health money to the $38 million proposed by former Governor Bob McDonnell.

The two chambers also want to give a raise or bonus to state employees, two percent proposed by the house and one percent by the senate.

A compromise on both issues seems likely.

An issue that appears to be a stalemate at the moment between Republicans and Democrats is Medicaid expansion.

The Democratic-controlled senate wants to create the private insurance plan Marketplace Virginia, which would replace the federal program under the Affordable Care Act.

Creating the marketplace was a cornerstone in Terry McAuliffe's successful gubernatorial campaign last fall.

He said expanding Medicaid could return more than $2 billion in federal tax dollars to Virginia, a claim long disputed by Republicans.

The house did not lay out a plan to expand Medicaid, instead choosing to reimburse hospitals directly.

With neither side budging it appears to be a long shot that a compromise can be reached.

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