Big difference between statehouse, real world? Free stuff!

The freebies are not limited to lawmakers. They are generally available to anyone who walks up, including Capitol staffers, lobbyists, journalists and random people visiting the building.

There are also plenty of freebies available at the invitation-only events for lawmakers, including steak dinners with lobbyists and a long list of receptions that offer beer, wine and cocktails for those who choose to partake. (Yes, there are plenty of teatotalers in the Legislature, in case their deacons are reading this.)

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