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Republican and Democratic lawmakers will take to the field at noon today for what’s being billed as the first legislative softball game, according to the Concord Monitor.

Legislators from both parties will face off in a friendly competition at the Anheuser-Busch complex in Merrimack, N.H., that will benefit Liberty House, a nonprofit veterans organization based in Manchester. The game is free to watch, but attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item. About 30 to 40 legislators are expected to turn out, according to Rep. Steve Shurtleff, D-Penacook.

The idea for the game came several months ago from Rep. Matt Moffett, R-Loudon, according to Shurtleff, who said it was a bid to increase camaraderie among legislators. More than $7,000 has already been raised by legislators for Liberty House since planning for the game began, Shurtleff added.