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McDonnell To Deliver Last State Of Commonwealth Address

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The end of Gov. Bob McDonnell's term has been marred by scandals.
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The end of Gov. Bob McDonnell's term has been marred by scandals.

The Virginia General Assembly is returning to Richmond for a 60-day session to deal with the state budget and a long list of other issues. Outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell will be delivering his last state of the commonwealth tonight.

As he heads out the door, McDonnell is leaving lawmakers and Democratic Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe a proposed $96 billion budget. That will be one of the last bills passed before the assembly adjourns.

Other big issues include mental health, ethics reform and McAuliffe's goal of expanding Medicaid to an additional 400,000 Virginians under the federal health care law.

McDonnell is scheduled to deliver his remarks tonight at 7 p.m., and McAuliffe will be inaugurated Saturday.

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