|By Michael McNutt, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Dorman said a special session "is the only way that we are able to come in and address this and not allow the executive branch or the federal government to dictate how we will handle the health care exchange."
"The governor indicated earlier that she did not want to call us back to a special session for any reason," Dorman said. "So this was our opportunity provided to
Dorman needs to get signatures from two-thirds of the
Dorman said the
"That has left us, as far as a state, in a lurch," he said.
Of the 101 members, 88 received oaths of office during a ceremony in the House chamber as about 200 family members and friends packed the overhead gallery.
Eleven were sworn in earlier and two will be sworn in later. Rep.-elect
The recount, requested by Democratic challenger
The year's session ended with 67 Republicans and 31 Democrats. The House now has 16 freshmen -- 13 Republicans and three Democrats.
The terms for newly elected and re-elected members begin Wednesday. Current House terms expire Tuesday.
The swearing-in of House members took just a couple minutes. Then for more than an hour, House members introduced family members and friends.
Shannon, presiding in the speaker's chair for the first time, said there is no need for a special session. A spokesman for Gov.
"We're going to wait to hear the governor's announcement," said Shannon, who was selected last week as House speaker-elect by House Republicans and is in line to be elected speaker when the House holds an organizational day