Tennessee GOP leaders seek to avoid legislative lull

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With the prickly issue of redistricting now complete, the lobbyists have returned to the halls of the legislative office complex and lawmakers are ready to get down to business.

Republican leaders have wanted to avoid the traditional lull in the first few weeks of the legislative session, though there was little evidence of much urgency on the Tuesday after a holiday weekend, with sponsors putting off consideration on bills on abortion and drugs.

The speakers of the House and Senate nevertheless express confidence that they can conclude the session even sooner than last year, when they wrapped up their business in late May.

Rebounding revenues should make budgeting decisions easier to make, while wide Republican majorities should give most of Gov. Bill Haslam's legislative agenda a clear path toward passage.

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