In Legislature, Fresh Faces and an Experience Deficit

The 2010 election swept a huge number of new people into the Texas House — 35 of the 150 members, the vast majority of them Republicans.

That’s not unprecedented, but combined with the traditionally high turnover of a redistricting year, like the one we’re in, the next Legislature could be overflowing with people with little or no experience.

A legislative session only lasts 20 weeks. A tenderfoot spends some of that time finding the office, a place to stay, the cafeteria and the rest of the time wondering exactly how to pass a bill, what to look out for ...

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