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State Legislature on five-day recess from floor sessions

The state Legislature is taking a scheduled break from floor sessions as lawmakers work on the state’s finances and visit with their constituents.

The recess started Thursday and lasts until Wednesday. The Legislature is 23 business days into its 60-day annual session, which concludes May 5.

The time off allows representatives and senators to travel to their communities to provide updates on the measures that are moving toward becoming law.

It also marks the beginning of long days for House and Senate money committees, which don’t get time off.

Legislation being considered today deals with decriminalizing marijuana, eliminating Medicare Part B reimbursements for government retirees, placing a cap on itemized deductions claimed on state income tax returns, taxing Internet sales and raising vehicle registration fees.

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