The House voted Thursday to end the 2009 session on April 3.
The new calendar departs from the current schedule, in which both chambers were scheduled to adjourn in late March and return in June to deal with the federal stimulus package.
House Majority Leader Jerry Keen says the schedule will "mean some long days" through early April.
Keen also outlined another change that would impact the final day of the session, a marathon day that usually lasts until midnight. He says this year the final day will be reserved to consider bills already voted on by the chambers instead of any new legislation.