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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The first Wednesday following the first Tuesday in January

Part Second, Article III of the New Hampshire Constitution requires the House and Senate to meet today:
The senate and house shall assemble biennially on the first Wednesday of December for organizational purposes in even numbered years, and shall assemble annually on the first Wednesday following the first Tuesday in January...

The New Hampshire Constitution does not include the words "weather permitting", meaning that 400 Representatives and 24 Senators will battle the ice and snow to begin the 2009 Session.

Both the House and Senate have light agendas today, as each chamber will adopt its own rules, and come back tomorrow for a joint session to inaugurate the Governor. If Mother Nature prevents a quorum, the House and Senate will need to meet tomorrow morning before John Lynch can officially begin his third term.

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