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Opening day at Oregon Legislature is about ceremony, getting acquainted

State Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, joins other representatives in the opening session of the House on Tuesday, Jan. 22. (Salem Reporter/Aubrey Wieber)

As state Rep. Cheri Helt, a freshman Republican legislator from Bend, left the floor of the Oregon House Tuesday, she introduced herself to two pages stationed at the exit.

They found an immediate commonality: It was the first day of their first legislative session, a time to figure out who’s who and how things work.

The first day of the 2019 Legislature wasn’t like a typical legislative day. There were no votes in the House.

Ismael Diaz, one of the newly pages, said he is looking forward to seeing the voting process.

“I am pretty sure there are going to be people against (proposed . . .