A good way to characterize the start of the 68th session of the Washington State Legislature might be to say, “what's old is new again.” Now that lawmakers are in Olympia, they have to get used to once again seeing each other and doing things in person. 12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins:
And Hawkins says that goes for legislative staff workers as well:
But the Senator adds that some rule changes that took effect during COVID will remain in place:
The last two days in Olympia have been largely ceremonial, and Governor Jay Inslee delivered his State of the State message yesterday afternoon. Now Hawkins says the work will get underway, with committees starting to meet and tackle the issues facing the state.