OLYMPIA -- The Senate began its day with a resolution honoring former U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, with a string of legislators telling stories of how the long-term congressman helped them with a project an issue or a campaign.
Dicks, who retired last year after 36 years in the House, took the rostrum and, with a voice that sometimes broke, offered them a bit of advice.
"It is so important, both in Washington, D.C., and here in Olympia, that we work together...in the best interests of the people of the state."
The elections are over, he said, and it's time to prove "good people can work together to get things done for Washington state."