State lawmakers are leaving Richmond without passing a new two-year budget.
They adjourned Saturday afternoon, with the House and Senate still at odds over Medicaid expansion.

The final hours of the General Assembly session did bring agreement on other major issues, however, including mental health and ethics reform.

For many lawmakers, the Medicaid stalemate overshadowed everything else.

"If you had to describe this session in one word what would it be," we asked Senator Bill Carrico (R) Galax. "This has been a very trying session," he said.

 "A little bit frustrating," added Senator Phil Puckett (D) Russell County.

Senate Democrats said they will continue to fight for Marketplace Virginia, their plan to extend health insurance benefits to more low-income Virginians.

"I think it makes absolutely no sense at all for Virginia not to accept about $2 billion of federal money to insure up to 400,000 Virginians and create 30,000 jobs," said Senator John Edwards (D) Roanoke.

House Republicans said the proposal is a non-starter they will never embrace.

"When Terry McAuliffe tries to inject Medicaid and Obamacare into the budget where it doesn't belong," said Delegate Greg Habeeb (R) Salem, "he puts at risk school funding, local governments, public safety and everything else."

As the 60-day session came to a close, lawmakers said there were successes as well, including new ethics rules for public officials, reforms to the state's Standards of Learning and improvements to Virginia's mental health system.

The final day brought action on a package of mental health reforms, including legislation that would extend the amount of time someone in a psychiatric crisis can be held under an emergency custody order.

The final compromise was 12 hours, less than the 24 hours Senator Creigh Deeds advocated, but after the session he described it as "a huge step," that will save lives.