AUGUSTA — Maine lawmakers return to the State House to begin their 2012 session with a full agenda.

The House and Senate bells will ring at 10 a.m. Wednesday to call lawmakers back into session. A Thursday session is also scheduled for this week.

This year’s agenda concludes work begun by lawmakers last year, but also will include some new items advanced by Gov. Paul LePage, including energy and education. At the top of the list early on will be balancing the state budget for the period ending in mid-2013.

That effort relies heavily on cuts to the state’s Medicaid program, known as MaineCare.

Other items on the table during the 3½-month session will be bills requiring prompt reporting of missing children, and to better equip state police computer crimes investigators.

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