State lawmakers are back in session for three days this week, before they head home to make their final electoral pushes before the April 24 primary.

We highlighted three items up for consideration this week:

- Karen Langley is an hour and a half into a House committee meeting this morning, where lawmakers are debating a proposal aimed at closing the Delaware tax loophole.

- A bill to narrow significantly the number of publicly funded construction projects that must pay workers the "prevailing wage" is on the House docket, notes Tom Barnes. 

- And House Speaker Sam Smith's proposal to reduce the number of lawmakers on the House floor in a decade by 50 also could see a vote, though it would require approval again next session and by the voters.

Meanwhile, the hottest gossip surrounds a pending proposal from the Corbett administration to hire a private consultant to run the day-to-day operations of the state lottery system.

Proponents say that plan, on which top lawmakers and labor union officials were briefed but has not yet been officially unveiled, would give the state more money in the coming years for seniors programs.

The chosen consultant likely would be required to pay an upfront fee, as well as guarantee the state a certain percentage during the following contract years.


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