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With much work unfinished, Virginia lawmakers extend session

Last-minute clashes on the budget and on other major policy items, including legalizing casinos, led to a bipartisan agreement to extend the session.

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia's 2020 legislative session blew past its scheduled close Saturday with plenty of business left unfinished. 

The legislature is led by Democrats for the first time in more than two decades. 

It adjourned late Saturday and agreed to return Sunday to finish working on legislation and a two-year $135 billion state spending plan. 

Last-minute clashes on the budget and on other major policy items, including legalizing casinos, led to a bipartisan agreement to extend the session.

The new Democratic majority has already sent Gov. Ralph Northam several high-profile pieces of legislation that would refashion the Old Dominion as the South's most liberal state.  

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