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Edward P. Hernandez

Lawmakers do warm-ups, but the game is far off

Lawmakers do warm-ups, but the game is far off

Hundreds of bills flew from one legislative house to the other last week in an exercise much like batting practice. Or like golfers taking swings on a driving range. Or two tennis competitors stroking balls back and forth before their match. Lots of commotion, but little that was particularly meaningful. That won't come for most of these bills until at least August or September, and maybe not until the two-year legislative session adjourns around Labor Day in 2016. At this stage of the legislative game, many lawmakers are just casting courtesy votes, going along to get along, to paraphrase the legendary U.S. House Speaker Sam Rayburn. Why tick off colleagues so soon by killing...