What is the No. 1 issue state lawmakers need to address when the General Assembly reconvenes Jan. 7?

HOUSE SPEAKER Nicholas A. Mattiello, D-Cranston, right, listens to Rep. Arthur J. Corvese, D-North Providence, prior to a late afternoon session on gaming at the Statehouse in Providence on March 12. Mattiello and his House colleagues face a host of contentious issues at the start of this year's legislative session. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
State lawmakers are mandated each year to pass a balanced budget. Beyond that, which this year requires filling a fiscal 2021 budget hole that could reach $200 million, there are a host of hot-button issues awaiting lawmakers' attention. They include deciding on legalization of recreational marijuana and on who gets the state lottery contract. And…

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