Georgia's 236 lawmakers have gathered to kick off an election-year session that could be dominated by budget, education and gambling issues.
The state's flagging revenues are likely to take center stage during the first week.
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp will release his budget plan for the year beginning July 1.
Kemp hasn't said whether he supports a further income tax cut or an additional pay raise for teachers.
Politics will never be far from the forefront in this election year.
Democrats hope to gain enough seats to take control of the lower chamber for the first time since 2004.