RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislators are trying to prevent North Carolina prison officials from privatizing inmate medical care for all of the state's adult prisoners unless they get the express approval of the General Assembly.

The full House agreed unanimously Wednesday to a Senate bill designed to set aside $205.5 million to eliminate a shortfall in the state Medicaid program this fiscal year by pooling money from several government pots and some unanticipated tax collections.

House leaders, some of whom have heard state workers' objections to privatization, amended the measure earlier in the day in their budget-writing committee to include a provision that would restrict what actions the Department of Public Safety could take on the issue of prisoner health services through June 2013.

Earlier this month, the state Department of Public Safety unveiled a request for proposals from companies interested in taking over the health care at all of its adult prisons.

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