COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are opening their 2022 session with the familiar problem of the COVID-19 pandemic and a more unfamiliar problem of bank accounts bursting with money.

Both the House and Senate are expected to gavel in at noon Tuesday.

They are to meet for 18 weeks through mid-May in the second year of their two-year session Even with the omicron variant spreading, the House and Senate are meeting in person with no mask requirements.

One order of business will be how to spend more than $5 billion of extra tax money, surpluses from previous years and COVID-19 federal relief money.