With the support of Republicans, the Democratic-controlled Senate Monday approved legislation which would reverse nearly $7.5 million in cuts in Gov. Chris Christie's $29.4 billion 2010-11 budget for women's health and family planning services, and would require the state to apply to the federal government for a Medicaid expansion to make family planning services available to more low-income individuals
The vote was 30 to 10. The Senate needs 27 votes
in the affirmative in order to override a governor's veto.
The bill moved to the Assembly, which is expected to approve it and send it to Christie for consideration. Should the governor veto the measure, proponents expressed the hope the Assembly would attempt to override it.