DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are getting back to work after convening a new session of the Delaware General Assembly.
The 147th session of the legislature got under way Tuesday afternoon, but the day was devoted to lawmakers taking their oaths, welcoming family members and posing for pictures.
Once the real work begins, lawmakers will be facing tough budget issues, including possibly extending tax increases from 2009 that had been set to expire.
Other thorny issues likely to surface this year include gun control and gay marriage.
Gov. Jack Markell said little about his legislative agenda for the year, but he has hinted that the state needs to do more in the mental health area, particularly for children. He also reiterated his support for gay marriage, which could come up for a vote.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)