As mandated by the Pennsylvania Constitution, lawmakers took their oath of office on the first Tuesday in January which fell on New Years Day 2013. In addition to the swearing in of 32 new members to the House and Senate, each chamber passed their operating rules and elected their presiding officers.
While Democrats gained seats in both chambers of the General Assembly in November’s elections, Republicans still maintain control of the House and Senate. The House and Senate will convene for a voting session on January 14 and 22 respectively.
Top priorities for lawmakers at the start of the new session are dealing with transportation funding, pension reform and the 2013-2014 budget. Keystone Liberty will resume coverage and commentary of the General Assembly.