LA Times: California lawmakers set goals as new Legislature convenes
The new legislative session officially began Monday, with lawmakers converging on the Capitol to take the oath of office and legislative leaders signaling that the proposed University of California tuition hikes will be a pivotal policy battle in the coming term.
Thirty-seven new lawmakers — 10 in the Senate and 27 in the Assembly — joined their reelected colleagues, as well as family and loved ones, for the swearing-in ceremony. The revelry was soon followed by a spate of bill introductions marking the start of the new legislative year.
With legislators and staff reconvening after months of recess, the festivities had the flavor of the first day at school. But the ceremony also carried emotional weight for new legislators, such as Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), who teared up as he took his oath.
“It was a very powerful moment for me,” Lackey said afterward, again choking up. “I’m one of the common guys who rose to a very prominent position, and it’s just a testament that this country still allows opportunity for plain people.”
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