Apr 3, 2014 4:06 PM by Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - Members of the Arizona House have been told that a budget deal with the Senate may be close.
Speaker pro-tem J.D. Mesnard told members Thursday morning that they should plan on sticking around through the day in case a deal is struck that can be brought to a vote.
The Senate passed a budget two weeks ago that set state spending for the coming budget year at $9.18 billion. It included a retroactive ban on school district charter-school conversions and shorted Gov. Jan Brewer's planned child welfare overhaul plan.
The House revised the plan last week, extending charter-school funding for another year and adding money for universities and child welfare.
The Senate stripped out most of those changes Tuesday and the two chambers have been at impasse.
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