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First day of the 2012 legislative session

Rep. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, pins a rose on Rep. Bennie Nageak, D-Barrow, before being sworn in by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on the first day of the Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, Alaska on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Miller)
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Re-elected House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, center, is led to the podium by Rep. Neal Foster, D-Nome, left, and Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, on the first day of the Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, Alaska on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Miller)
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House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, answers questions during a House Majority news conference on the first day of the Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, Alaska on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Rep. Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, watches at right. (AP Photo/Chris Miller)
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Former Senate President Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, right, shakes hands with the new Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, on the first day of the Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, Alaska on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Sen. (AP Photo/Chris Miller)
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Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, holds his hand on his chest during the singing of the national anthem on the first day of the Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, Alaska on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. From left are Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and Sen. Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River. (AP Photo/Chris Miller)
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Rep. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, from left, Rep. Lindsey Holmes, R-Anchorage, and Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage are sworn in by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on the first day of Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, Alaska on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Rep. Holmes switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party just days before the start of the new legislature. (AP Photo/Chris Miller)
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Rep. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, pins a rose on Rep. Bennie Nageak, D-Barrow, before being sworn in by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on the first day of the Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, Alaska on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Miller)
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Alaska’s Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell swears in members of the House of Representatives on the first day of the Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, Alaska on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Miller)
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Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, and Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, talk on the Senate floor before being sworn in on the first day of Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, Alaska on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Due to redistricting and the recent election, Sen. Coghill is now Majority leader after being Minority Leader; while Sen. Ellis previously held the Majority Leader position during the previous session in a bi-partisan majority coalition. (AP Photo/Chris Miller)
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Alaska’s Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell swears in members of the House of Representatives on the first day of the Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, Alaska on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Miller)
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