Government & Politics
6:18 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

New Lawmakers Sworn in, Giving Democrats Full Control

Lawmakers take their oath of office at the capitol on Monday
Lawmakers take their oath of office at the capitol on Monday
Credit Amy Quinton

California’s newly-elected legislature is now officially sworn in, and Democrats hold supermajorities in both chambers.  But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, legislative leaders are making a point of being modest.

The entire Assembly and half the Senate took their oaths on Monday, giving Democrats the power they’ve long craved – the ability to raise taxes.  But voters just did that for them, approving Prop 30 last month, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says that’s enough for now:

“I just don’t think we should come hurdling out of the gates talking about a bunch of new taxes.” 

Republicans now hold little if any sway at the Capitol, but Assembly Speaker John Pérez is assuring GOP lawmakers that their voices are welcome:

“I know what it feels like to be excluded.  The last thing I want to do as speaker is exclude anybody else.” 

The legislature quickly recessed until the new year.

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