- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on legislative action on the Arizona budget (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

The Arizona Senate’s appropriations committee has advanced a series of bills enacting a $9.58 billion state budget package, but a final agreement among Republicans in the House remains elusive.

The package of 14 bills was approved by the Senate panel during a lengthy session that ended at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, most with only support from majority Republicans. The bills now move to debate in the full Senate.

The House finally introduced its versions of the budget Wednesday evening and has set its appropriations committee hearing for Thursday.

The problem in the House remains opposition from some Republican members who balked at the K-12 schools funding in the deal negotiated by GOP leaders in the House and Senate and Gov. Doug Ducey.

Prescott Republican Rep. Karen Fann says the members she’s allied with have vowed to protect schools from cuts passed in earlier years.

3:15 p.m.

The Arizona Senate has begun action on a $9.58 billion budget package, but a final agreement among Republicans in the House remains elusive.

The package of 14 bills was introduced in the Senate late Tuesday and the Appropriations Committee began approving them during a lengthy session Wednesday afternoon, most with only support from Republicans. The House has yet to introduce its versions of the bills but has set its appropriations committee hearing for Thursday.

The problem in the House remains opposition from some Republican members who balked at the K-12 schools funding in the deal negotiated by GOP leaders in the House and Senate and Gov. Doug Ducey.

Prescott Republican Rep. Karen Fann says the members she’s allied with have vowed to protect schools from cuts passed in earlier years.

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