Lawmakers gavel in for extended term

The 2016 session, being the first of the new term, is scheduled to last 125 days instead of the usual 90. But legislative leaders are said to be working on ways to shorten the number of days the full Legislature is in, which could save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to house, feed and reimburse lawmakers for travel.

One option being considered is to have rank-and-file lawmakers take a week or two off during slow points in the session with only key leaders staying behind to haggle….

…The Senate will also choose a president pro tem — the second-ranking position in that chamber — for the new term….

…Reeves has not said who he backs for the No. 2 position, but typically a lieutenant governor’s endorsement is the deciding factor.