The pace is glacially slow in Olympia this first week of special session, at least in public.
The House took the official steps of starting session Tuesday but took no action before adjourning. There will be no floor action or committee work until next Monday. The House rank and file have gone home for the week.
That's not to say nothing is happening. House leaders and other key lawmakers are here, negotiating in private meetings on the budget and worker's compensation reform. The Senate is taking up bills on the floor and in the occasional committee meeting.
Gov. Chris Gregoire plans to sign another batch of bills this afternoon, including HB 5000, requiring cars of drunken drivers to be impounded. Her list for consideration also includes a couple of bills sponsored by Sen. Mike Carrell of Lakewood: SB 5065, increasing the criminal penalties for cruelty to animals, and SB 5098, which would keep information about children kept by governments and nonprofits from being released as public records.