Pennsylvania House members have started a floor debate on what is likely to be the final vote on the 2011-12 state budget, with the fate of a host of other bills hanging in the balance.
Consideration of the budget bill on Wednesday comes a day after it passed the Republican-controlled state Senate on a party-line vote.
It's expected to win approval in the House and be sent to Gov. Tom Corbett before the new fiscal year begins at midnight Thursday.
The House debate started with Appropriations Chairman Bill Adolph describing how the Senate-approved budget differs from a plan passed earlier by the House.