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Virginia lawmakers strike deal on spending COVID-19 funds

General Assembly -- Virginia State Capitol Generic Virginia Politics
Posted at 7:00 AM, Aug 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-08 23:19:44-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia lawmakers tasked with reconciling House and Senate spending plans for $4.3 billion in federal coronavirus relief money reached an agreement Friday.

The compromise calls for preserving most of a plan crafted by Democrats.

But it also includes some changes proposed by Republicans, including raising bonuses for sheriffs’ deputies and regional jail officers from $1,000 to $3,000.

Details of the proposal were provided to The Associated Press by two members of a conference committee assigned to hash out a compromise.

Torian and Hanger said all 14 members of the committee have agreed to the proposal. It is expected to be debated and possibly voted on Monday.