I was recently recommended the book Heavy Lifting: The Job of the American Legislature by Alan Rosenthal. The book is a deep dive into how state legislatures operate and includes Maryland as a case study. The book references a brochure the Ohio legislature circulates which explains that "as your employees, [legislators] seek your input on pending legislation and want to help you with personal matters involving state agencies," which is a succinct statement of why I am here. According to the book, in a survey of legislators in five states, the respondents overwhelmingly believed that "it was very important for them to educate their constituents about issues in the legislature." I share that view, which is why I send out this newsletter each month even when the legislature is not in session. Even if you are one who does not always agree with my votes and positions on every issue, I hope you still find these informative and useful.