Joan V Hartley

Decision Time For General Assembly On Marijuana, Gambling And Tolls

Decision Time For General Assembly On Marijuana, Gambling And Tolls

With less than five weeks remaining in the regular legislative session, lawmakers are scrambling to pass major bills ranging from casino gambling and highway tolls to gun control and marijuana.

Legislators, facing re-election in November, are also expected to tackle the state’s budget deficit before the session’s mandatory adjournment at midnight May 9.

Some measures have been approved by committees and have a solid chance of passage, while others are still up in the air. Democrats have a narrow margin in the House and the state Senate is tied, so sharply partisan issues may pass or fail by a single vote.

Budget

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