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Lawmakers return to Raleigh, House & Senate reconvene

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State Senators Thom Goolsby and Bill Rabon both standing in the General Assembly. (Source: Jon Evans) State Senators Thom Goolsby and Bill Rabon both standing in the General Assembly. (Source: Jon Evans)
Swearing in of the North Carolina Senate (Source: Jon Evans) Swearing in of the North Carolina Senate (Source: Jon Evans)
New Representatives Rick Catlin, Ted Davis and Chris Millis (background) standing up in the House. (Source: Jon Evans) New Representatives Rick Catlin, Ted Davis and Chris Millis (background) standing up in the House. (Source: Jon Evans)

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - The 2013-14 session of the North Carolina General Assembly is underway.

Lt. Governor Dan Forest gaveled the North Carolina Senate to order this morning at 9:08 a.m., bringing state lawmakers back to work officially.

State Senator Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County and State Senator Bill Rabon of Brunswick County were among the 50 members to take the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby.

The House of Representatives also convened at 9 a.m., but immediately went into recess until noon.

Denise Weeks, the Principal Clerk, welcomed the House members back just after noon. 

Governor Pat McCrory made an appearance in the House gallery for the opening session, while Lt. Governor Dan Forest offered the opening prayer.

Several new members took the oath of office, including Republicans Chris Millis of Pender County and Rick Catlin of New Hanover County, along with Democrat Ken Waddell of Columbus County.

Thom Tillis of Mecklenberg County was unanimously reelected Speaker. Tillis told the 40 new members "welcome to the people's house."

Tillis spoke to House Democrats, saying "I pledge to you that we will work together."

Republicans hold a 33-17 majority in the Senate, including nine of the sixteen new members. State Senator Phil Berger of Rockingham County was unanimously elected President Pro-Tempore.

WECT's Jon Evans is in Raleigh for the opening day of the General Assembly. He will have updated coverage throughout the day on WECT.com and later this evening on WECT and WSFX newscasts.

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