It’s quiet here in the halls of the West Building, temporary home of the Utah State Legislature.
The plaza is quiet too, except for construction and renovation noise from the historic capitol building next door.
The Senate Chamber is deserted.
It won't be on Monday.
Legislative staff have been working at a superhuman level of intensity for some time to prepare for the upcoming session. Interns are starting to show up, as are session staff – a seasonal change as reliable and welcome as when the swallows return to Capistrano.
The Senate will open at 10:00 a.m. on Monday morning with an invocation and posting of the colors. We expect the pledge will be led by a man from Honduras who served in Afghanistan and was recently given US citizenship.
The Bear River High School Madrigals will perform, followed by opening remarks from the President of the Senate.
The morning session will end with a presentation by the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission.
Anyone can watch or listen live by going to the audio or video links on the Legislature’s web page