Good morning. Today is Tuesday, the second day of a 105-day legislative session.
“To do so is not a rebuke of Sen.-Elect Harper The issue is not him today. Instead, the issue is a conspiracy to deceive the voters of the 38th District and change the outcome of the Senate primary.”
– Sen. Jim Kastama, explaining his motion to have the Senate debate his resolution to deny Sen.-elect Nick Harper his seat during the swearing-in of new senators Monday:
The Senate and House on Monday swore in new members for the legislative session.
Kastama, D-Puyallup, sought to keep Harper from taking his seat, arguing that improper and illegal actions by a political consultant changed the results of a primary election that saw Harper defeat incumbent Democrat Jean Berkey.
SENATE RULES CHANGE
The Senate voted without dissent to allow a majority of its members to change budget bills on the Senate floor. A supermajority of 60 percent had been required to amend budgets on the floor.
Protesters arrived along with lawmakers at the Capitol, with the Washington Federation of State Employees and liberal groups with the Rebuilding Our Economic Future Coalition hosting rallies on the campus.
Gov. Chris Gregoire will give her State of the State address at noon, to be followed by a Republican response.