Members of the state legislature were sworn into office on Wednesday.
Five new legislators from western Massachusetts took the oath of office today, in a ceremony that kicked off the new two-year legislative session.
Governor Charlie Baker swore in House and Senate Members at separate ceremonies on Wednesday, he expressed his excitement about getting to work with new and returning lawmakers.
“We’re starting the period now where we file legislation, we have until January 18 and that’s really the meat of what I want to be doing, so this day was wonderful, it was celebratory, and now we get to work,” said state representative Lindsay Sabadosa.
A topic that many legislators are excited to work on is the proposed east-west rail service that could connect Springfield to Boston.
State Senator Eric Lesser said, “We’ve gotta keep moving forward on East-West rail, that’s going to be a top priority, we’ve got to make sure our schools are fully funded and we’ve got to keep creating jobs.”
Also on the top of the agenda, this legislative session is appointing new people to chair the House and Senate Ways and Means committees.
These powerful but vacant positions have control over the state budget and can determine which statewide projects take priority.
Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and Senate President Karen Spilka were also re-elected to their leadership positions. They both set a collaborative and constructive tone for the new session.