California Legislature returns to work
December 3, 2012
• Monday is all about ceremony and swearing
• Large number of newbie lawmakers
It’s back to work Monday, at least for a bit, as California’s state Assembly and Senate swear in those elected or re-elected last month.
For the first time in more than a century – since 1883 -- Democrats hold enough seats in both houses to have the needed two-thirds “super majority” to pass tax increases without the need for any Republican votes.
Monday’s ceremonies will bring 39 freshman lawmakers into the Legislature – the largest number since 1966.
In the Assembly, 38 of the 80 seats are being filled by first-time state lawmakers. The 39th is a former state Senator elected in November to the Assembly. In the Senate, freshman lawmakers are filling nine of the 40 seats.
Monday also is the first day for legislation to be submitted to begin the lengthy legislative process.