Lawmakers began the 2017 legislative session Jan. 9, with few Capitol watchers expecting that they'll finish this year's 105-day legislative session on time.
Lawmakers began the 2017 legislative session Jan. 9, with few Capitol watchers expecting that they'll finish this year's 105-day legislative session on time. Ted S. Warren AP
Lawmakers began the 2017 legislative session Jan. 9, with few Capitol watchers expecting that they'll finish this year's 105-day legislative session on time. Ted S. Warren AP

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