State budget talks may be over

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by FOTI KALLERGIS / KVUE News and photjournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on May 16, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 11:44 AM

AUSTIN -- Thursday will be a busy day at the Capitol as the 83rd Legislative Session comes to an end in just 11 days.

Texas lawmakers may have reached a compromise in passing a nearly $200 billion 2014-2015 state budget. 

The Appropriations Conference Committee has schedule a meeting for 2 p.m. Thursday to consider recommendations for one of the key points of contention -- education funding. A meeting is usually scheduled when a deal has been reached and members of the conference committee gather to publicly approve the recommendations. 

For days, state lawmakers have been promising a resolution to the education funding battle. Democrats were calling for $5.4 billion to be restored to education programs. The money was cut from the budget last legislative session. Up to this point, $3.2 billion was offered to be returned to education funding.

Lawmakers will have to act quick on this budget battle. Just because they come up with a deal, it still has to be voted on in the House and Senate.

At the same time as the budget meeting, Governor Rick Perry will be signing in a new law named after Michael Morton. You may remember, Morton was convicted of killing his wife. He served a 25 year sentence before being exonerated.

The prosecutor in his case is accused of withholding key evidence and faces criminal charges. This bill creates a uniform open file policy for Texas prosecutors. It will ensure that defendants have access to evidence and information to prepare for their defense.

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