01/09/2012 09:43 am ET Updated Mar 10, 2012

Florida Legislature: Sticky Issues On Agenda For 2012 Session

Florida lawmakers open the 2012 legislative session two months early on Tuesday, tasked with the politically prickly chores of re-drawing legislative and congressional maps, deciding on a potentially massive expansion of casinos and cutting their way out of another billion-dollar budget hole.

That expansive to-do list, combined with the clean sweep the Republican-controlled Legislature achieved on its ideological agenda last year and the uncertainty of this year's elections, might not leave much oxygen for other controversial issues this year.