Pensions, gambling among issues as state lawmakers return

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 19, 2016 6:09 AM

FILE PHOTO: People walk past the Pennsylvania Capitol building in Harrisburg. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- It's been more than two months since state lawmakers wrapped up the budget session and left the Capitol, returning only for a day in August when senators were summoned to hastily confirm Bruce Beemer as attorney general.

Their lengthy vacation from Harrisburg ends today, when the House returns to a fairly light voting agenda.

The Senate returns next week.

The House has scheduled just 14 voting sessions between now and the end of the year, while the Senate only nine.

There's been no word on whether a postelection session might be called after November 8.

The nation's largest full-time Legislature faces decisions on expanding gambling, the state's opioid addiction crisis and changes to large pension plans for teachers and state government employees.

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