Putting a stamp on the first day

On the first day of the legislative session, state senators were given their postage budget. Each senator will now be given 5,500 postage stamps.

Assuming there’s no special session — quite an assumption, indeed — each senator would have to send 57 letters a day between now and the time the session is constitutionally required to end.

A few years ago, the Legislature provided laptops to lawmakers to allow them to better keep in touch with constituents via e-mail.

One senator — Steve Murphy — said he needs snailmail to keep in touch with constituents.