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Lawmakers Sworn-In At Ceremony In Sacramento

Sacramento, Ca — 39 individuals who won election on November 4th were sworn in as members of the California Legislature on Monday.

Many of them are returning lawmakers, including Mother Lode Representatives, 25th District Assemblyman Tom Berryhill and 1st District State Senator Dave Cox.

?Representing the people of 12 counties is a great responsibility that I take with great pride,? says Senator Cox. ?I am appreciative of the trust and confidence that have been placed upon me.?

All 11 incoming Senators have served in the Assembly at some point, and three of the 28 incoming Assembly members have served in the Senate.

They face difficult times ahead, as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a fiscal emergency and is calling lawmakers into a special budget session. The governor warns that California is in danger of running out of daily operating cash within two months.

The special session will force the new Legislature to get to work immediately and figure out a way to solve the $11.2 billion budget deficit in the current fiscal year.

Written by BJ Hansen