Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Thursday, April 23, the 102nd day of the 105-day legislative session


“Once I leave office on a Friday, whenever that day comes, I don’t feel that I should be able to go and lobby on Monday my former colleagues, or even (House Speaker) Frank Chopp or (Senate budget writer) Andy Hill.”

– Attorney General Bob Ferguson, saying he will reintroduce legislation to require a “cooling off period” before state employees or elected officials can take jobs lobbying state government. His proposal died in the state House earlier in the session.


The Senate passed a resolution Wednesday honoring Bonita “Bonnie” Henderson on her retirement. For 30 years, Henderson has managed the page program that gives middle and high school students the opportunity to work a week at the Capitol learning about the legislative process and assisting lawmakers.


The Senate and House will continue to have daily floor sessions for the remainder of the regular session, which ends Sunday.

The House Environment Committee will receive an update on “climate adaptation strategies and activities” at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.


The Joint Legislative Committee on Water Supply During Drought will discuss water conservation measures voluntarily being undertaken by agricultural producers. The committee will meet at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room 3 of the John A. Cherberg Building.

The House Capital Budget and Finance committees are scheduled to meet separately at 8 a.m. to hear bills referred to each committee. Capital Budget will meet in Hearing Room D and Finance in Hearing Room A, both in the John L. O’Brien Building.