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New legislative session begins today

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin lawmakers will take the oath of office Monday.

The new legislative session begins its two-year session, with both the Senate and Assembly holding inauguration ceremonies for new members. 25 new Assembly members and three new state senators officially take the oath of office on Monday and begin their terms.

There are 14 new Democrats and 11 new Republicans in the Assembly. There are two new Republicans and one new Democrat in the Senate. Republicans will have a majority in both houses; 59-39 in the Assembly and 18-15 in the Senate.

Lawmakers are expected to initially focus on mining regulations and the next state budget.

Republican leaders say they are focused on passing a bill making it easier to open a new iron ore mine near Lake Superior early in the two-year session.

Democratic leaders say they hope to heal wounds this year and work in a more bipartisan fashion with Republicans.

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