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Senate now has to agree on $9.24B Arizona budget

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The Arizona Senate must now wrangle with a state budget proposal adopted late Thursday by the House of Representatives that increased spending and made a host of other changes.

The revisions to the budget passed by the Senate last week mean it returns to face senators who might not agree. And it appeared Friday that Senate President Andy Biggs disagrees with the two major changes.

Biggs says a legislative intent clause committing lawmakers to reviewing child welfare funding when a Child Protective Services reorganization report is released in coming weeks is "ridiculous." And language he put in the Senate budget retroactively stopping school districts from converting schools to charters was removed.

If the $9.24 billion budget is changed it must return to the House for more action.

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