Wednesday, January 28, 2009

With a Hit of a Gavel

The North Carolina General Assembly today gaveled in their 2009 session. This day is full of pomp and circumstance.  We are blogging live right now from the NC Senate Chamber as the senators take their oath of office.  Lt. Governor Walter Dalton is now President of the Senate and will be directing the events today.

Here's a quick run down on what has happened so far.  Lieutenant Governor Dalton did a welcome to the guests and Senators.  

Then fourth grader Katherine Fritsch sang an amazingly moving rendition of our national anthem. It was met with great applause from the Senators and visitors to the chamber.

The Senators then rose to take their oath which was administered by the Honorable Patricia Timmons-Goodson, Associate Justice Supreme Court of North Carolina.

The Senators have been sworn in now and Lt. Governor Dalton has declared a quorum.

Now we begin the process of voting on Senate leaders.

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