New two-year Massachusetts Legislative session set to begin

BOSTON (AP) — This week will see the start of a new two-year Legislative session in Massachusetts.

On Wednesday, incoming members of the Massachusetts House and Senate will participate in swearing-in ceremonies at the Statehouse, officially launching the 191st session of the General Court — the Legislature’s official name.

Before the swearing-in, House and Senate Democrats, who hold overwhelming majorities in both chambers, are expected to nominate the next House speaker and Senate president.

Democratic Rep. Robert DeLeo, first elected speaker in 2009, is expected to win another two-year term in the powerful post.

Democratic Sen. Karen Spilka is also expected to be elected to her first full two-year term as Senate president.

Spilka became president in the wake of a scandal that prompted the resignation of former Senate President Stan Rosenberg.

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