PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Latest on the budget debate in the Rhode House of Representatives (all times local):

11:55 p.m.

The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed an $8.9 billion state budget.

The House approved the budget proposal by a 59-13 vote late Wednesday, just before midnight.

The Democratic-controlled chamber defeated more than a dozen Republican-backed amendments during about seven hours of debate over education funding, tax relief and controversial grants that lawmakers award to community groups.

The budget now moves to the finance committee of the Democratic-controlled Senate. If passed in the Senate, it goes to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and would take effect July 1.

The budget passed in the House meets many but not all of the objectives Raimondo proposed in a spending plan earlier this year.

7:44 p.m.

Education funding, tax relief and a last-minute amendment to expand Providence’s seaport are among those issues lawmakers are grappling over as Rhode Island’s proposed $8.9 billion budget heads to a vote in the state House of Representatives.

Lawmakers began deliberating Wednesday afternoon.

The Democrat-controlled House approved a new education aid formula that changes the way charter schools are funded. Republicans opposed the measure, saying it hurts charter schools. Democrats argued it helps most charters.

The House also approved adding $20 million to a proposed November referendum seeking voter approval of bonds to expand seaports.

After lengthy debate, the House voted to defeat several Republican-backed amendments, including one to phase out the car tax.

Once passed by the House, the budget will move to the finance committee of the Democratic-controlled Senate.

4:49 p.m.

Rhode Island’s proposed $8.9 billion budget is headed to a vote in the state House of Representatives.

Lawmakers began deliberating Wednesday afternoon.

The budget drafted by leaders of the Democratic-controlled House meets some but not all the objectives proposed earlier this year by Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.

The election-year proposal also includes politically popular measures, such as a cut to beach fees and tax relief for retirees.

Among the contentious issues is a budget article that would shift the education-funding formula in a way that could help some charter schools but hurt others.

Republicans who were mostly supportive of this fiscal year’s budget are more vocally opposed to the proposal for next year’s.

Once passed by the House, the budget will move to the finance committee of the Democratic-controlled Senate.

12:21 a.m.

Rhode Island’s proposed $8.9 billion budget is headed to a vote in the state House of Representatives.

Lawmakers are scheduled to begin deliberating on Wednesday afternoon.

The budget drafted by leaders of the Democratic-controlled House meets some but not all the objectives proposed earlier this year by Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Among the most contentious issues is a budget article that would shift the education-funding formula in a way that could help some charter schools but hurt others.

Republicans who were mostly supportive of this fiscal year’s budget are more vocally opposed to next year’s.

Among the amendments they’ll be seeking is one giving income tax relief to retirees.

Once passed by the House, the budget moves to the finance committee of the Democratic-controlled Senate.