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2017 Opening Day Ceremonies

The 53rd Legislature began the 1st regular session with ritual and celebration.


Fifty-Third Legislature – First Regular Session

Monday, January 9, 2017

12:00 Noon

12:00 Noon - First Regular Session Convenes, Senate Chamber

(Reserved seating in the Senate Gallery for Legislators’ Guests. Guests should be seated by 11:50 a.m.)

Gathering Music

Daniel Lara, Sol Trak Union

Call to Order

The Honorable Olivia Cajero Bedford, Senator, District 3


Pastor Travis Phillips, Lead Pastor, Antioch Community Church, Chandler

Presentation of the Colors

Chandler Police Department Color Guard

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag-Grandchildren of Senator Steven B. Yarbrough

Benjamin Yarbrough, 7th Grade, Chandler Christian Academy

Brooks Yarbrough, 6th Grade, The American School, London, U.K.

Roman Yarbrough, 5th Grade, Homeschooled

Singing of the National Anthem

U.S. Navy Petty Officer, First Class Steven Powell, Ret.

Oath of Office

Chief Justice Scott Bales, Arizona Supreme Court

Senate Business

Election of the President of the Senate


U.S. Navy Petty Officer, First Class Steven Powell, Ret.

Singing "The Impossible Dream"


Bob Bowman, Head Coach, United States Olympic Swim Team

Arizona State University

2:00 p.m. Joint Session, House Chamber

(Reserved seating on the House Chamber Floor and in the Gallery for Legislators’ Guests)

State of the State Address
The Honorable Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona

Senate Reconvenes upon Adjournment of the Joint Session, Senate Chamber

(If necessary to complete Senate Business)

Senate Business

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