The third floor of the Legislative Building has looked practically abandoned for much of this week, while House and Senate members twiddle their thumbs waiting for budget progress. But the second floor, where the governor works, has seen occasional flurries of activity.
Lawmakers, lobbyists and others gathering around Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office are there to snag a prime spot in the photo ops where she signs bills into law.
She has signed dozens of them in recent days. Wednesday, her list was topped by a bill that allows legislators to keep their official Web sites up during campaign season. Read more about that one here. Another new law creates a property-tax exemption for churches and community centers that allow farmers markets to operate on their property.
A day earlier, Gregoire signed a bill that Rep. Tom Campbell shepherded through the Legislature, which cracks down on methamphetamine makers by setting up a statewide electronic system to track sales of cold medicines like Sudafed that are used to make meth.
Up today: the golf-cart bill, allowing the carts on public roads where cities allow it; a measure to tighten computer access for sex offenders at the Special Commitment Center; and new $800 campaign contribution limits on city council races.