State lawmakers short on experience Jun19

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State lawmakers short on experience

Roughly half of the nation’s 7,383 state legislators could have two years or less of experience after the 2012 elections, potentially making the next crop of lawmakers the greenest in a half-century, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The high turnover, a result of the Republican surge in 2010, redistricting and term limits, comes as states struggle to recover from the Great Recession of 2007-2009.

It also reflects the divide between two political forces: “throw the bums out” vs. the public’s demand to fix problems, from escalating health care costs to education funding.

 

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