New Legislative Faces — and an Experience Deficit

Legislating isn’t easy. It’s not as hard as figuring out string theory or John Cage’s music, but it is complicated and it takes time to learn how to do it.

The 150 House members who will be assembling in January will include 43 new legislators and 24 sophomores who have only done this once before.

The new members aren’t stupid, and some are quite smart. But they are inexperienced, and that will become evident as they run into issues they prepared for during the campaigns — things like voter ID and women’s health and standardized testing ...

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