Some state legislation makes for game-changing, visionary public policy—developing highway systems, organizing state parks, establishing statewide systems of public assistance. Some is more modest in scope—say, building a trailside museum in the Jamaica Plain district of Boston, or temporarily protecting the raccoons and mink of Red River County, Texas. What is it that leads lawmakers sometimes to craft policies with a broad impact and sometimes to focus on narrow, district legislati…

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