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Kentucky lawmakers are preparing to return to Frankfort for the January 4 start of the 2011 General Assembly. 

It’s a 30-day session, but Senate President David Williams is pushing an aggressive agenda including immigration, tax code and pension reform. 

“These are things that can pass the Senate in a very timely fashion and give the House more time to consider these things than they usually have for major pieces of legislation in a regular session.  It is an aggressive agenda, but I think that all these things are things that can and should be done,” he said.

But House budget chairman Rick Rand says those are complicated issues to be tackling in a short session.  Gov. Beshear, meanwhile, is proposing a modest session agenda.  He wants to tweak the Medicaid budget and raise the state’s dropout age from 16 to 18. 

Beshear is seeking re-election, and Sen. Williams wants his job.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."