State legislators set for new session
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's next legislative session is set to get under way Monday with plenty of pomp and circumstance.
New Democratic Assembly members are scheduled to be sworn in Monday morning. They'll join the rest of the body for another mass inauguration in the afternoon, followed by a reception at the state historical museum.
The state Senate will hold a lunch-time reception followed by an inauguration ceremony that will run simultaneously with the Assembly proceedings. Each new senator will receive a lapel pin.
Voters handed Republicans a 59-39 advantage in the Assembly and an 18-15 edge in the Senate in November's elections. The first few months of the session will likely be consumed by work on a bill to reform Wisconsin's mining regulations and the next two-year state budget.