By State Representative Todd Russ
On Thursday, January 21, state lawmakers completed the filing of legislation for the 2016 session. There is always rush of activity leading up to the deadline. There is always a bit of a struggle through the process of turning policy ideas into legal language. We send drafts back and forth with legal staff and other involved parties. Even though we know that many bills change during the course of the legislative process, we all worry about the first impression they will make as the press and public comb their way through all the new bills.