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Arizona session features repeats of big issues

Arizona lawmakers’ 2011 regular legislative session is expected to be dominated by the state’s budget crisis, contentious proposals to spur economic development and a controversial measure on illegal immigration.

Sound familiar?

The 2010 session’s top-tier issues are all returning in one form or another in the 2011 regular session, which begins Monday.

Other topics for proposed legislative action range from public pensions and gun rights to distracted driving and abortion. The session itself will see Republicans holding expanded House and Senate majorities from November election gains.

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer will give her State of the State address to a joint session after the House and Senate convene separately at noon.

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