I’ve been in the same trenches, lawmakers, and I know you can do better


Political permanence doesn’t infuse any desire to change the rules of the game. Both the Democratic House speaker and Republican Senate majority leader have served more than 22 years.

IT has become common in Washington to look upon legislative special sessions as the norm.

Eight years ago in these pages, as a three-term state representative from Olympia, I wrote of the “self-congratulatory rituals” and “glacial pace” of the Washington state Legislature. I noted that big decisions are forced toward session’s end because the Legislature wasted time doing things such as passing myriad floor resolutions (“We support Miss Washington!”), and squandering a day’s worth of potential floor action honoring its own dead in a candlelit ceremony.

None of that has changed.



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