Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Wednesday, April 8, the 87th day of the 105-day legislative session


“Where do you draw the line? What about the pets that are sitting in your lap? What about reading the paper while you’re driving down the road? What about – I haven’t done this lately, but – putting my makeup on while I’m driving?”

– Rep. Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish and the House Republican leader, questioning proposed restrictions on smartphone use while driving.


The House Transportation Committee didn’t vote on Senate Bill 5656 Tuesday on Tuesday, the last day to advance most bills under its jurisdiction. The bill would have cracked down on smartphone use in the car by updating laws against distracted driving to include e-mail, web browsing and other activities.


With the Legislature in the final three weeks of its 105-day session, lawmakers will be spending long hours voting on bills on the House and Senate floor.

The House and Senate are scheduled to meet for floor action every day this week, with no committee meetings scheduled.

The regular session of the Legislature is scheduled to end April 26 – though lawmakers are likely to enter into a special session if they can’t reach a deal on a new two-year operating budget by then.


Thursday will bring both massages and beef to the Capitol Campus.

From noon to 3 p.m., the Washington Cattlemen’s Association will hold its annual barbecue – commonly known as Beef Day – on the west side of the Capitol Campus.

Meanwhile, Massage Awareness Day will take place on the third floor of the Legislative Building from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Massage therapists with the American Massage Therapy Association will offer free massages.