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House, Senate Open Session; New Members Sworn In

JANUARY 9, 2007 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CST

 

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - New House and Senate members have been sworn in and the first speeches have been made.

Arkansas lawmakers gathered at the state Capitol yesterday and opened the 86th General Assembly.

House Speaker Benny Petrus pledged legislators would properly fund state schools and urged colleagues to ``roll up our sleeves and go to work'' on issues facing the 2007 General Assembly.

In the Senate, President Pro Tem Jack Critcher (D-Batesville) asked that members be ``civil, courteous and considerate'' of each other, and drew some of the strongest applause when he mentioned the late Win Rockefeller, who presided over the Senate as lieutenant governor from 1996 to 2006.

Legislators will face a challenge again this session over school funding and they will also decide how to handle a projected state surplus of $843 million.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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