Three East Providence legislators will be inaugurated into their first terms in the Rhode Island General Assembly on Tuesday, Jan. 1, when the 2013-2014 session opens.
Senator-elect William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18), Representative-elect Katherine S. Kazarian (D-Dist. 63) and Representative-elect Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65) will be sworn in as members of the legislature.
They will be among the eight new Senators in the 38-member Senate and the 16 new Representatives in the 75-member House.
The opening-day session of both the Senate and the House will begin at 2 pm. Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will deliver the oath of office in separate ceremonies in the two chambers.
As part of the opening-day proceedings in the House, Rep. Gordon D. Fox (D-Dist. 4, Providence) is expected to be re-elected for another term as Speaker of the House. He will address House members after the vote.
The Senate, as part of its opening-day activities, is expected to re-elect Sen. M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown) as President of the Senate for the new session. Following that formal vote, she will address Senate members.
The opening day sessions in both the Senate and House will be broadcast by Capitol TV (Channel 34 for Cox Communications and Full Channel, Channel 15 for Verizon).
The House of Representatives, with its 16 new members, will be comprised of 69 Democrats and six Republicans. The Senate, with its eight new members, will be made up of 32 Democrats, five Republicans and one Independent.