With thanks to whatever anonymous Senate Democratic caucus staffer compiles this list each year, here are some of the more exotic bills that, alas, died quietly when Friday’s bill cutoff hit:
-Senate Bill 6383: (Sen. Ken Jacobsen, D-Seattle) Requiring labeling of any food containing parts of cloned animals.
-SB 6827: (Sen. Bill Finkbeiner, R-Kirkland) Designating the Walla Walla sweet onion as the official state vegetable.
-SB 6815: (Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn) Launching a study of requiring high schoolers to learn Spanish and Chinese.
-SB 6876: (Sen. Joyce Mulliken, R-Ephrata) Banning the state “from encouraging or promoting the teaching of sexual orientation.”
-SB 6659: (Sen. Dan Swecker, R-Rochester) Making lawmakers full-time.
-SB 6843: (Sen. Pat Thibaudeau, D-Seattle) Allowing doctors to help patients with terminal illnesses end their lives.
-SB 6295: (Sen. Jerome Delvin, R-Richland)Allowing police to carry a “spring-blade knife.”
-SB 6667: (Sen. Bob McCaslin, R-Spokane Valley) Moving the outdoor no-smoking zone from 25 feet outside doors and windows to 10 feet.