Three veteran Barrington legislators will be sworn in for new terms of office when the 2013-2014 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly opens tomorrow, Jan. 1.
Sen. David Bates (R-District 32), Rep. Joy Hearn (D-District 66) and Rep. Jan Malik (D-District 67) will return to a very familiar place -- the State House -- for the opening-day session of both the Senate and House. It begins at 2 pm.
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will deliver the oath of office in separate ceremonies in the two legislative chambers. There are 75 members of the House of Representatives and 38 members of the Senate. The membership includes 16 new Representatives and 8 new Senators.
As part of the opening day proceedings in the House, Rep. Gordon D. Fox (D-Dist. 4, Providence) is expected to be re-elected for another term as Speaker of the House. He will address House members following the vote.
The Senate, as part of its opening day activities, is expected to re-elect Sen. M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown) as President of the Senate for the new session. Following that formal vote, she will address Senate members.
The opening day session in both the Senate and House will be broadcast by Capitol TV (Channel 34 for Cox Communications and Full Channel, Channel 15 for Verizon).
The House of Representatives, with its 16 new members, will be comprised of 69 Democrats and six Republicans. The Senate, with its eight new members, will be made up of 32 Democrats, five Republicans and one independent.