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Lunell Haught, President
April 25, 2021 Vol. 53, Issue 16a
You are receiving this on the last day of the legislative session, and our Advocacy Team will have a special Thursday newsletter with updates.
The tradition on the last day is that the House and Senate turn off the clock at midnight but keep working, and sometime in the wee hours finish their business. At that time, people line up between the two chambers, the doors open, and in unison the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House pound their gavel at the exact same time declaring sine die (Latin for “without day”). Rep. Nicole Macri’s office could not describe exactly what will happen in this year of COVID, but TVW or other news stations may air the ceremony on Monday.
The League of Women Voters of Washington is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Thanks go to local League action chairs and all of you who respond to Action Alerts our 14 issue chairs have chosen as needing your special attention. After four intensive months they will reclaim more normal lives.
To learn more about the issues the LWVWA worked on during this legislative session, refer to the individual issue pages on the LWVWA website.
Both the Senate and the House have passed SB 5038, prohibiting openly carried weapons on the state capitol grounds, and at rallies and gatherings on public property. The bill will soon be sent to Governor Inslee for his signature.
Opponents of this and other common sense gun restrictions are well-organized and vocal, and we know there is tremendous pressure being put on the governor to veto this bill. Please send Governor Inslee an email now urging him to sign the bill.