First, to address the most recent travesty of our state Legislature in passing (under cover of darkness) their desire to exempt themselves from various records requests just shows with how little regard they hold the voting, taxpaying citizens. They should have no expectation of “privacy” especially when it comes to doing the citizen’s business not theirs.
Second, I received my latest Washington Votes update and read this interesting tidbit!
Dozens of title-only bills — essentially blank pieces of paper, have been introduced prior to applicable deadlines to circumvent the state constitution’s prohibition on introducing new legislation during the last ten days of session. These blank bills are available to be filled in later as legislators choose. Many policy issues can also be acted on as amendments added to budget measures considered right up to final adjournment.
Blank bills, legislators? Really, just for you to fill in later? How convenient for you! I urge all citizen taxpayers to contact their legislators about this egregious behavior and just think, we are paying their salaries and benefits!
Finally, to the letter published in the Feb. 22 Herald re: “Lottery was supposed to fund schools,” the writer is absolutely correct. I have a photo of myself with other teachers in Olympia at the time when the Legislature was debating about whether to have a state lottery. After it was agreed that many of the funds from the lottery would pay for public education (thus reducing the need to run operational levies every year), teachers supported it. The backs of the early lottery tickets even said the same. Fast forward a couple of years, and lots of money later, and suddenly, the legislature decided that they’d like more “control” over the funds and put them into the general fund. Backs of lottery tickets then went blank as to public education support!