The Tacoma News Tribune reported that Olympia Democrat Rep. Sam Hunt and Secretary of State Sam Reed have urged the organizing committee to change its mind. The ball is set to be held at St. Martin's University instead of the state Capitol, its traditional home.
Lisa Cosmillo, a spokeswoman for the committee organizing the ball, said there is extra indoor space and greater accessibility at St. Martin's Marcus Pavilion and Worthington Center and that the Capitol campus presented problems with parking and stairs and required the use of heated tents.
She also said there are security worries about gate-crashers and that it's costly to follow state-government rules for events.
Hunted predicts many legislators will skip the ball because of the venue change.
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