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MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2012, 10:13 A.M.

WA Lege Day 8: Not a holiday around the Capitol

OLYMPIA -- The Capitol dome is dusted with snow on Monday, Jan. 16, a state holiday but a day the Legislature is in session. (Jim Camden)
OLYMPIA -- The Capitol dome is dusted with snow on Monday, Jan. 16, a state holiday but a day the Legislature is in session. (Jim Camden)

OLYMPIA -- Although most of state government is off today, the Legislature has a work day scheduled.

In keeping with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the House has a resolution honoring the late civil rights leader it will pass this morning with some amount of speechifying. Both chambers have a full plate of committee hearings.

Also in keeping with the spirit of MLK, the Washington Community Action Network had planned a day of "civil disobedience" with a 1 p.m. Capitol steps rally and later sit-ins in legislators' offices to express their support for a budget with fewer cuts and more taxes. But it snowed in the Puget Sound Sunday and early Monday, and the roads in some places are a bit treacherous. WA Can canceled its demonstration.

Capitol dome has a dusting of snow and the roads and sidewalks on the Capitol Campus are a bit dicey. Muslim Americans, however, are braving the weather for an outside rally and some inside lobbying for equal rights.

There's another rally scheduled for Tuesday, the annual March for Life, which is held somewhere close to the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. They show up rain, snow or shine.




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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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