Ceremony Opens 2011 Nevada Legislature

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Ceremony Opens 2011 Nevada Legislature

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The crowd stands in the Nevada Assembly chambers during the pledge of allegiance.

The senate and assembly each were treated to separate renditions of the state song before confirming leadership positions and swearing in the new lawmakers.

Sen. Leslie: "It's the only day where we don't do a whole lot of work."

State Senator Sheila Leslie says it's a light day, but one that has value.

Sen. Leslie: "You do really feel the weight of the weight of the responsibility when you take the oath and I think it's important to have that ceremonial moment."

It's likely to be the friendliest day of the session as families and friends crowd into the chambers to soak it all in.

The grim task at hand doesn't seem to cut down the enjoyment too much. Just ask republican freshman Senator Ben Kieckhefer.

Sen. Kieckhefer: "It's all part of the process. I've got my family here and we'll dig in when we need to dig in."

The houses did start the process of introducing bills and moving them to committees. The first committee meetings get underway first thing Tuesday morning.

And already the lawmakers feel the pressure of their first deadline.

Their personal bill requests are due next Monday.