Freshmen lawmakers find strength in each other
Times Tallahassee Bureau Chief Steve Bousquet's latest column:
It used to be that freshmen representatives in Tallahassee were to be seen and not heard.
Then came term limits.
If anything positive can be said of the "Eight is Enough" law, it's that House members are on more of an even footing than before. Rookie lawmakers sometimes handle major legislation and actually pass bills.
Three newcomers of the 40-member freshman class in the 120-member House shared their insights and experiences on the just-concluded 2011 session.
Read more here.