RICHMOND (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.

Senator Creigh Deeds returned as the General Assembly convened.

Less than two months ago, Deeds was severely wounded when his mentally troubled 24-year-old son, Austin, stabbed him repeatedly outside his rural Millboro home before heading inside and taking his own life with a rifle.

Deeds says he's making mental health reform a priority.

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

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