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WA Lege Day 10: Hearing sked shortened

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature is attempting to muddle through with diminished numbers this morning in the midst of "snow-maggedon" in the South Puget Sound.

It did stick to committee schedules this morning, although many hearings had fewer people present to testify because roads are so bad. Late afternoon Senate committee hearings for Ways and Means and Transportation have been cancelled. The House cancelled evening meetings today and early morning hearings on Thursday.

Legislators who did make it in are making frequent weather references. In urging the passage of a resolution honoring the first flight over the North Pole, from Moscow to Vancover, Wash., Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, noted what he termed a blast of Arctic conditions and proclaimed: The weatheir is honoring this resolution as well."

The resolution passed.

For Spokane readers who think their local television stations go overboard with weather coverage when it snows, rest assured they have nothing on Seattle TV.  This YouTube video is pretty much on target for the Seattle reaction to snow. We' would have embedded the video, but the title isn't suitable for a family newspaper, even though it's a variation on a popular theme that is sort of "Stuff People Say."

And yes, Spin Control is covering the Medical Marijuana hearing by the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee  from home on television. Some of the roads between home and the Capitol aren't passable after 10-12 inches of snow, and city officials have asked drivers to stay off them. There's no exception for people from Spokane who actually know how to drive in the snow.

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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