As state lawmakers head home today after this year’s 105-day Legislative session, it seemed like a good time to reflect on some things that they said this year:
“I’ve got a box full of studies in my office and nothing has changed.”
Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, discussing state funding for basic education programs.
“We all know that 1 plus 1 equals 3 or more.”
Rep. Glenn Anderson, R-Fall City, during debate on a sex education bill.
“No one gets STDs from math.”
Rep. Joe McDermott, D-Seattle, during debate on the same bill.
“What that baby said is ‘Your 3 minutes are up.’”
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, cutting short a floor speech by Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, who paused to say she was happy to hear the voice of a baby babbling in the Senate gallery.
“We know we’re not going to outlaw children … We’re not going to outlaw conver- sation.”
Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, during a debate on driving distractions like cell phones.
“Pretty much everyone hates seeing someone driving while they’re talking on a cell phone. I hate it, and I do it all the time.”
Rep. Bill Hinkle, R-Cle Elum.
“Mr. Speaker, is this a bad dream?”
Rep. Brian Sullivan, D-Mukilteo.
“Big Mac, Breakfast Jack, pizza, and one of my favorites: Big Blizzard. These are all things that I frequently have my hands on when I’m driving.”
Rep. Bill Hinkle, discussing the handheld cell-phone driving ban.
“It’s been tougher than a pine knot at times, but Sen. Clements keeps reminding me that you can’t get lard unless you boil the hog.”
Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, lampooning another lawmaker’s famously folksy debate style.
“I will move adoption of the amendment, and I do not remember what it does.”
Rep. Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island.
“We didn’t hear a word from the salamander lobby, so evidently the frog is it.”
Sen. Darlene Fairley, D-Lake Forest Park, discussing the elevation of the Pacific Chorus Frog to become the official state amphibian.