TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas senators gave first-round approval Wednesday to their version of the next state budget, including language that would require legislative approval before the state could expand Medicaid coverage.

The bill, which would spend $14 billion in each of the next two fiscal years, was debated for more than five hours. Final action is set for Thursday, which would set the stage for negotiators to work out differences with the House over spending.

 

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