BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts senators are continuing debate on the nearly 700 amendments to their $32.3 billion budget proposal.
The state Senate resumed debate Thursday morning, a day after passing 55 of the 250 budget amendments they discussed.
Senators have worked through many of the proposals, but it's unclear when the chamber will vote on the bill.
Measures attached to the bill include an amendment allowing schools to fund suicide and violence prevention programs for gay and lesbian students. Another amendment creates a "pretrial diversion program" to educate and deter first-time offenders caught soliciting or engaging in prostitution.
Senators also approved an amendment sending $4 million to community colleges to help them create a system that makes it easier for graduates to transfer credits to four-year schools.