Ore. lawmakers advance final pieces of budget

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature’s budget panel has finished its work on a spending plan for the next two years.

The joint Ways and Means Committee passed the last 10 bills on Wednesday, advancing them to votes in the full House and Senate. Lawmakers say they expect to adjourn the 2011 legislative session on Thursday afternoon.

The budget committee gave its approval to spending plans for prisons and the state police, along with other measures that would slightly boost funding for courts and people with developmental disabilities.

Lawmakers are also expected to approve a bill extending for two more years a 60-day cap on prison sentences for probation violators.