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Lawmakers begin new session with old leaders again at helm

Pennsylvania lawmakers began their new session Tuesday with both chambers firmly in Republican majority hands and the prospect of another tough budget year ahead.

Top leaders of both parties are largely unchanged from the two-year session that concluded in November. Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, was re-elected as speaker, and Sen. Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, returned as president pro tempore.

Turzai said Republicans had "an obligation to govern" and Democrats an obligation "to be part of moving legislation forward."

"Be on the House floor," Turzai said. "It's a privilege to be able to vote on legislation, to speak on legislation,...

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