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Georgia Legislature adjourning to wait on stimulus bill details

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
package.

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
federal cash.

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.


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