Friday, May 08, 2009

Hold a special legislative session in Ellensburg

The Other Side blog got me thinking just now.

With the news that no special session will be forthcoming, this is a bit of a non-starter anyway, but what would prevent the governor from calling a special session somewhere other than Olympia?

Logistics, for one. All the legislative stuff is here. So, for a month long special session, it would be unworkable.

But, for only a few days, or even just one day, why not hold a special session in Ellensburg?

As far as I can tell, there's nothing in the state constitution or RCWs that would prevent it. There is some language related to the "seat of government," but I think that is more open to interpretation.

You would always assume that the state supreme court is a equal level of government as the state legislature. But, while they usually meet in Olympia, they never shy from taking their show on the road. Is Puyallup the seat of government in Washington State? Nope, but the state supreme court met there recently. And, no one really minds that.

Also, and most important to me. If the legislature passes a bill in Ellensburg (let's just say for keeping certain pork products out of the state), Richard Roesler can write: Ellensburg says not to pigs.

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