Will resignation of House member affect upcoming votes?
NFIB/Washington State Director Patrick Connor reports from Olympia on the small-business agenda as of June 1.
Aside from the requisite pro forma calls to order and adjournment, there were no legislative committee hearings nor any significant floor action during the second week of the second special session. Next week is likely to be the same.
The only real news of note was Rep. Jessyn Farrell resigning from the state House in order to fundraise for her Seattle mayoral campaign. State law prohibits lawmakers from collecting political contributions for state or local races while the Legislature is in session.
Farrell was one of three vice chairwomen and chairmen of the House Transportation Committee and also served on the Commerce & Gaming and Rules committees. She was perhaps best known for sponsoring minimum wage increase and pregnancy accommodation bills during her tenure.
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