Pa. lawmakers take oaths on New Year's Day

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Newly elected members of the Pennsylvania Legislature took their oath of office on Tuesday in a rare New Year’s Day gathering as the 2013-14 session opened.

The swearing-in ceremony was largely nonpartisan, in contrast to the debates and votes lawmakers will soon confront on tough issues including transportation funding, pension reforms and the state budget.

Hundreds of proud family members and friends dressed up for the occasion applauded, snapped pictures and watched the two-hour proceeding in the chambers or on TV monitors set up in the Capitol rotunda and other sites.

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