Sen. Brian Dansel, R-Republic, at his desk on the Senate floor.
OLYMPIA -- Brian Dansel, the Republic Republican elected to the Senate in November, was formally sworn in to the Senate with other new members Monday, then sent to the governor's office.
It's not like being sent to the principal's office. He was assigned, with Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, to notify the Gov. Jay Inslee of the official invitation to address a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday. The state of the state address has been set for a while, so the notice is just a formality.
But the Senate stayed in session until Kline and Dansel returned to report Inslee had received the message. Kline used the opportunity to add that Inslee said to tell legislators he didn't have any more tickets for next weekend's playoff game between the Seahawks and the 49ers.
Asked if he had anything to add, Dansel wisely just said the governor received their message, then sat down.
It was one of many references to the Seahawks, which showed up in opening prayers and floor comments. Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, who presides over the Senate, declared Friday a blue and green day so that members could wear their Seahawks colors. By a voice vote, the Senate also approved a motion for the Seahawks to defeat the 49ers. The voice vote passed unanimously.