Pensions, gambling among issues as lawmakers return

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – It’s been more than two months since Pennsylvania lawmakers wrapped up the budget session and left the Capitol, returning only for a day in August when senators were summoned to hastily confirm Bruce Beemer as attorney general.

Their lengthy vacation from Harrisburg ends Monday, when the House returns to a fairly light voting agenda; the Senate returns next week.

The House has scheduled just 14 voting sessions between now and the end of the year; the Senate only nine. There’s been no word on whether a postelection session might be called after Nov. 8.

The nation’s largest full-time Legislature faces decisions on expanding gambling, the state’s opioid addiction crisis and changes to large pension plans for teachers and state government employees.

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