The New Year began with a flurry of activity on Beacon Hill. On
Jan. 7, the Senate elected Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg (D-Amherst) as
its new president, while the House of Representatives re-elected
Rep. Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) as the speaker of the house. On
Jan. 8, Charles D. Baker was sworn in as governor of the
commonwealth of Massachusetts. By the legislative filing deadline
on Jan. 16, a total of 5,333 bills had been filed for consideration
during this session.