Thirty-one new state lawmakers took the oath of office yesterday. Much of the attention was focused on the House of Representatives which switched to Republican control for the first time in six years. Democrats remain in control of the state Senate. And while lawmakers stressed the importance of bi-partisanship, for some Democrats the session started off on a sour note. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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