OLYMPIA -- The House and Senate both have actual floor sessions today, considering some bills that have come out of committees.
Among the first to move is SJR 8205, a possible constitutional amendment that would be on the fall ballot, a technical or "housekeeping" change that, when you think about it, is either amusing or bizarre. It seems the state Constitution has two conflicting residency requirements for voting. Article 6 Section 1 says a voter must live in the state, county and precinct for 30 days before an election to to be allowed to vote. But Section 1A says that in a presidential year, a citizen must reside in the state at least 60 days before the election to vote for president.
It's a problem that stems from changing Section 1 in 1974 to allow for the 18-year-old vote, and not addressing 1A, which had been added in 1966.
Hearings continue this afternoon, with the Senate Ways and Means Committee taking up bills ranging from a limit to the state's debt to new rules for gathering signatures on initiatives to setting up a commission to restructure the state's government.
It is United Food and Commercial Workers Lobbying Day and Have a Heart for Kids Day.
Today's trivia: Who was the greatest president since World War II? Zogby Poll results inside has one answer...see what you think.
Spin Control quibble: FDR died before the war was over, so how can he be one of the greatest since WWII?