ST. PAUL (AP) -- The lights in the Capitol don't usually burn late in February.
But after two late-night sessions of the kind typically seen when legislators are winding up the session, the House and Senate were ready Thursday to vote on a compromise bill to fix a nearly $2 billion deficit in the state's 2002-03 budget.
A joint budget committee worked out the final glitches Wednesday evening and both chambers are expected to easily pass the bill.
But House Democrats continued to oppose it, which gives Gov. Jesse Ventura leverage to veto the bill.
The 70 Republicans in the House would need 20 or more Democrats to join them to reach the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.
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