SC Legislative session set to close amidst chaos, unfinished budget

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The last scheduled day of the South Carolina legislative session will be more chaotic than usual because the House has refused to give final approval to the $5 billion state budget.

Thursday was to be the end of the regular January to June session. Nearly every bill that isn't heading to the governor by 5 p.m. Thursday will end up in the trash can.

The House on Wednesday couldn't adopt a compromise version of the budget as Democrats protested health care spending cuts and Republicans pushed curbs on abortions.

The Senate has approved plans for lawmakers to continue to work past the Thursday deadline until a budget is approved.

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