PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are taking a week off before returning to the Statehouse to confront tough questions on gun control, gay marriage, business taxes and the state’s economy.

Lawmakers will reconvene April 23 to begin the final several weeks of their annual session, when the biggest votes of the year are typically taken.

This year is no exception, with the Senate expected to cast the deciding vote on gay marriage. Both chambers are also set to take up several contentious gun control measures, including an assault weapon ban prompted by the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

Lawmakers also must finish work on a state budget. Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s $8.2 billion proposal includes a proposal to reduce business taxes and reinstate historic redevelopment tax credits.

The session will likely end in June.

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