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    The Mount View High School Chamber Singers perform in the rotunda before the legislative session started Wednesday at the State House in Augusta. The musical group from Thorndike was there to perform the national anthem at the start of the House session.

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    Holly Lusk, Gov. Paul LePage's deputy chief of staff and legislative liaison, left, listens as Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls, reads a message that the Senate has also convened Wednesday at the State House in Augusta. Delivering formal messages like that are part of the pomp and ceremony of opening day. Mason and Senate Sgt. At Arms Peter Wilson also read a similar message to the House of Representatives.

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    Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, left, chats with Staff Sgt. Ryan McCarthy before the session on Wednesday at the State House in Augusta. McCarthy along with family and friends were there so that he could receive joint legislative sentiment congratulating him recently winning the Non Commissioned Officer of the Year award. McCarthy grew up in Belgrade.

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    Representatives stand as the the Mount View High School Chamber Singers perform the national anthem to start the Legislature's first day of the second session on Wednesday at the Maine State House in Augusta.

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    Speaker pro tempore Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, pounds the gavel as she fills for Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, on Wednesday at the State House.

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