The House and Senate agreed to mitigate some of the cuts.
Hill said the midyear budget would cut $159 million in spending and leave 1,255 vacant positions unfilled.
Kemp's proposal to eliminate vacant state positions has been controversial, with lawmakers saying some of them -- including crime lab scientists and guards in the juvenile justice system -- need to be filled.
Both chambers voted to restore funding for some of the positions, including public defenders, lab workers and Department of Agriculture food safety inspectors.
Both chambers rejected Kemp's proposal to cut funding to accountability courts. The courts, which were greatly expanded by his predecessor, allow defendants to avoid prison time if they stay sober, get treatment, receive an education and find a job. The courts are set up for drug addicts, drunken drivers, the mentally ill and veterans who've been charged largely with nonviolent crimes and low-level offenses, and they have been highly popular with lawmakers.
Both chambers said no to Kemp's cuts in funding for preparing doctors at the Morehouse School of Medicine and Mercer University's medical school, and to his proposed reduction to the Rural Health Systems Innovation Center at Mercer, a project lawmakers started a few years ago to help improve health care in rural Georgia.
They also reduced cuts that Kemp proposed for mental health programs and eliminated reductions for local library materials.Senate budget writers pushed back on
Kemp's proposal to cut $6.3 million in grants to county public health departments.
Like the House, after months of hand-wringing over the impact of Kemp's proposed spending cuts, Senate budget writers supported spending $250,000 to refit cars on a short-line tourist excursion train in southwest Georgia.