PA lawmakers take oath in New Year's Day session

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 2, 2013 6:01 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Most newly elected members of the Pennsylvania Legislature have now been sworn in. 

Judges administered the oath yesterday to 25 senators and all but two of the 203 House members.

One House member was absent and another vacated his seat after being elected to the Senate.

Lawmakers also re-elected House Speaker Sam Smith and Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, both of Jefferson County.

Hundreds of supporters attended the largely ceremonial gathering at the state Capitol.

It was held on New Year's Day for the first time in 22 years because the state constitution requires that it take place on the first Tuesday in January of every other year.

Looming debates in the new two-year session are expected to include transportation funding, pension reform and passage of the state budget.

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