RALEIGH – State lawmakers continue their work at the legislature this week as the short session continues.

State lawmakers worked some long hours last week and got the first phase of the budget complete, a top priority for this short session.

Some other big bills are expected to be concentrated in the week ahead.

The House is expected to take its final vote on a proposal that expand gaming rights on the Eastern band of Cherokee’s land in western North Carolina.

Several lawmakers indicated they would offer amendments before this final vote, which would allow for live dealers on the casino floor.

The Senate, which has already passed the bill, would then just need to concur to this proposal.

A bill aimed at raising the age of juvenile offenders will get its first hearing this week.

Right now, North Carolina is just one of two states that automatically says 16 and 17 years old qualify for adult court on all offenses. This proposal would gradually change that.

And debate will get underway on a proposal that ultimately could allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in North Carolina.

This bill would help to create the precautions and rules needed to keep this controversial practice safe while being performed in North Carolina.