Virginia lawmakers are expected to vote within the next couple of weeks on an accord between legislative leaders and the representatives of about 185,000 federal retirees on refunds of illegal taxes imposed on pension benefits in the 1980s.

The bipartisan settlement calls for Virginia to repay $340 million of the taxes, which represents about 80% of claims, excluding interest. The General Assembly last month rejected Gov. George Allen's lower settlement offer of $234 million.

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