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The Latest: Lawmakers sworn in for coming legislative term

January 1, 2019

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on swearing-in day for Pennsylvania state lawmakers (all times local):

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12:50 p.m.

Pennsylvania state lawmakers are ready for the coming two-year session after being sworn in on New Year’s Day.

The House welcomed 42 new members and seven new senators took the oath of office on Tuesday after winning election in November.

Three House seats aren’t filled, all belonging to Democrats. One resigned, one died in office and a newly elected member is on her honeymoon.

A Republican senator is expected to step down and be sworn in to Congress later this week.

The biggest change in leadership is in the House, where Rep. Bryan Cutler is taking over as majority leader.

Allegheny County Republican Rep. Mike Turzai was re-elected as speaker, as was Republican Sen. Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County as his chamber’s president pro tempore.

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10:30 a.m.

State lawmakers are convening in the Pennsylvania Capitol on New Year’s Day to take the oath of office under a state constitutional mandate that they meet on the first Tuesday of the year.

Forty-two new House members and seven new senators are being sworn in Tuesday after winning election in November.

Both chambers will have smaller but still substantial Republican majorities in the coming two-year session, 110 to 93 in the House and 29 to 21 in the Senate.

There are two vacancies among the 93 House Democratic seats. A Republican senator is expected to step down and be sworn in to Congress later this week.

The biggest change in leadership is in the House, where Rep. Bryan Cutler is taking over as majority leader.

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