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Lawmakers sort out bill funding in Augusta

Lawmakers returned to Augusta to tie up legislative loose ends, with the Appropriations Committee deciding the fate of dozens of bills that need funding to survive. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Lawmakers returned to Augusta to tie up legislative loose ends, with the Appropriations Committee deciding the fate of dozens of bills that need funding to survive.

The appropriations committee meeting was a packed house Wednesday night as people showed up to await the fate of 136 bills.

Members say this is a routine process, seeing what money the state has left over to pay for bills lawmakers approved, but didn't fund, but what's unusual about this year is they don’t have very much money left.

When they passed the budget last week, after the government shut down, they made some changes that left them with about $9 million to work with. Committee members say that isn’t very much when you look at the needs of the state.

Bills that don’t get funding this year still have a chance if they were either tabled or carried over to next year.

As for the exact number of bills that will receive funding this year, we'll have to wait about a week as they take a look at the acts that they've tabled.

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