State Budget Vote 

Friday, the committee plans to tackle the part of the budget that deals with school consolidation.

Lawmakers on the committee have been whittling away their differences on spending, but at this point, it’s unclear what the full legislature thinks about the agreement.

Meanwhile, the Maine senate joined the house Thursday to approve a bill banning a certain flame retardant used to make furniture and other products.

Supporters say evidence shows that the chemical DECA can lead to health problems.

That bill still faces additional votes.