By Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - House budget negotiators have agreed to extend substance abuse coverage to Medicaid patients, restore overtime funding in the Department of Corrections and use some money from the renewable energy fund to pay for homeland security programs.

A nine-member committee of House members and senators is meeting this week to hash out final details of the next 2-year state budget plan. Lawmakers spent much of Tuesday finding areas of agreement and continued to push off debates on money for public schools, transportation infrastructure and the state’s alcohol abuse treatment fund.

The committee plans to reconvene Tuesday evening as it works toward a Thursday afternoon deadline.

Both chambers must approve a final budget plan before sending it to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan’s desk.

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