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Associated Press - March 4, 2015 5:38 am

Kansas legislators are returning to the Statehouse for the second part of their annual session.

Lawmakers reconvened Wednesday, the 47th day of their 90-day session, after a five-day weekend tied to their “turnaround” deadline. That’s when many bills must clear their chamber of origin to be considered further this year.

Going forward, the biggest task for the Republican-dominated Legislature and GOP Gov. Sam Brownback is erasing a budget shortfall projected at nearly $600 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Final decisions aren’t likely until the end of the session.

Lawmakers also have topics such as rules for social services programs on their agenda.

A House committee hearing was set for Wednesday on a bill requiring able-bodied applicants for state cash assistance to be working or pursuing employment.

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