The Oregon Senate has passed two bills that are central to a new state budget but had been stalled.
Senators approved a $6.55 billion spending plan for primary and secondary schools, reversing a decision to reject it last week and sending it to the House. The change came Wednesday when seven Republicans changed their votes, saying school districts need to know how much money they'll have to spend next year.
Senators also passed a tax on hospitals and nursing homes, sending it to the governor. The so-called provider tax is a key component of Medicaid funding.
Passage of the schools budget and a hospital tax clears the way for lawmakers to finalize a two-year budget and adjourn the 2013 legislative session.