ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has voted to adjourn in late
March and possibly return in late June to give lawmakers
flexibility to deal with a possible federal economic stimulus
The measure approved Friday allows them to meet three days a
week through March 25 and then come back in late June if they need to amend their spending plan.
Lawmakers can only meet for 40-days in legislative session but those days don't have to fall consecutively.
Lawmakers are in limbo as they deal with a $2.2 billion
shortfall and the possibility of an infusion of $5.6 billion in
House Majority Leader Jerry Keen says budget-writers are working on versions of a spending plan that include a stimulus and versions that don't include it.
He says they want the ability to come back later this year to amend the budget in case the federal dollars come through.