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WALeg Day 81: Senate devises new calisthenics

OLYMPIA -- The Senate debate over the budget is truly an up and down affair. So much so that they seem to have developed a new form of calisthenics.

Democrats propose an amendment and ask for a roll call vote. President Brad Owen asks if one-sixth of the body supports a roll call vote. Democrats stand.

Maker of the motion speaks for three minutes on the the amendment. Republican Floor Leader Joe Fain makes a motion to end the debate. Owen asks if at least two other members support that motion. Republicans stand.

A Democrat asks for a roll call vote on the motion to cut off debate. Owen asks if one-sixth of the body supports that request. All Democrats stand.

During the roll calls, members get up and walk around while the secretary reads each name and waits for the "Aye" or "No".

They have more than 50 amendments left. It's likely all senators will have exercised off their dinner before this is done.

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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