By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, Jun. 2, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Every legislative session has its own ambiance, but the current version that began six months ago is colored by unique, even historic, conditions.
It’s the first since an independent commission redrew legislative districts. The 2012 elections were the first with a “top-two” primary system. Nearly half of the Assembly’s 80 members are new to the Capitol. A revised term-limit rule would allow them to serve for as long as 12 years, and Democrats won two-thirds “supermajorities” in both houses.