Ore. lawmakers to advance public safety budget

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The final pieces are falling into place for Oregon's next two-year budget.

State lawmakers are expected to vote Wednesday on spending plans for prisons and the state police, along with other measures that would slightly boost funding for courts and people with developmental disabilities.

Budget negotiators say they'll balance the budget in part by extending for two more years a 60-day cap on prison sentences for probation violators.

The budget committee is expected to vote on 10 bills Wednesday before finishing up its work for the year. Lawmakers say they could adjourn the legislative session and leave Salem as soon as Thursday.