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WA Lege Day 15: Saving emergency clauses for real emergencies

OLYMPIA – For most people, an emergency is something that usually requires flashing lights and sirens. For legislators, an emergency is something that requires a law take effect right away, rather than waiting the standard 90 days during which citizens might overturn it.

Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, thinks her fellow legislators have been too quick to call something an emergency, tacking a section onto nearly 1,000 bills that became law since 1997.

“Emergency” legislation has become routine, she told the Senate Government Operations Committee. “Over the years, it’s been misused.”

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