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Monday, March 28, 2011 - 5:30am

Lawmakers Have Full Week Ahead

State lawmakers only have seven working days left in this year’s legislative session. Monday, they reconvene for day-34 on the calendar. It begins a full five-day week. Within their work, legislators will cast final votes on some key issues, including the budget, Sunday alcohol sales and possibly immigration.

The state Senate will focus this week on wrapping up the 2012 budget. The Senate appropriations committee will vote on it Monday, and it’s expected to reach the full Senate on Wednesday.

Gov. Nathan Deal has made his recommendations, and the House has already passed its version of the budget. But as Tom Crawford of the Georgia Report says, that won’t make the Senate’s budget discussions any easier.

“The Senate, like the House, has to figure out, how do you accommodate the fact that about $1 billion in federal stimulus funds that are doing away?”

The House is expected to vote this week on a Senate bill that would allow communities to hold referendums on whether retailers can sell alcohol on Sunday.

Legislative committees will also be looking at immigration. Major immigration control bills passed each chamber this session.