FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers have begun a legislative session to be dominated by work on a new state budget.
The House and Senate convened at midday Tuesday, starting a session that will stretch into mid-April.
Highlighting the opening day of the 60-working-day session will be Gov. Steve Beshear's annual State of the Commonwealth speech Tuesday night.
Education funding looms as a key issue in the budget debate. Education leaders are urging lawmakers to restore recessionary school funding cuts.
Efforts to legalize casinos and revamp the state's tax code will headline a host of other issues sure to surface during the legislative session.
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