Peninsula lawmakers pleased with busy Olympia session

OLYMPIA – One of the state’s busier legislative sessions has wrapped up, and the 24th District’s legislators say they were pleased with what they and their colleagues accomplished.

Legislators convened on the final day – Sunday – at 11 a.m. and didn’t finish until 10 p.m. despite having only five bills to consider.

But those bills were big ones, says Rep. Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam, who is also the House majority leader.

The legislation, sent to Gov. Chris Gregoire, modify the high-stakes WASL test plus the capital and operating budgets.

Kessler, along with Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, and Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, represent the 24th District, which includes Clallam and Jefferson counties and one-third of Grays Harbor County.

“It was busy, but there was a lot of waiting, too. It was a lot of sitting around except for me,” said Kessler.

“I was trying to unblock the logjam. It just doesn’t go slowly the last day.”

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