GA legislators gather for biennial conference

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia lawmakers are meeting in Athens to prepare for the coming legislative session.

The 236 legislators - some veterans and some newly elected - are gathering for the biennial conference sponsored by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.

The 3-day training session is designed to help elected officials prepare for the busy session, which is set to begin Jan. 10.

Monday will kick off with a look at the economic picture. There will also be sessions on the state's ongoing water wars and the mental health settlement with federal officials.

Tuesday will feature a meeting of a panel considering an overhaul to the state's tax code and a speech by Gov.-elect Nathan Deal.

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