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Sine Die tree to Washington State Legislature: Hurry it up already

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on April 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
April 8, 2011 5:15 pm

The Sine Die tree in bloom
It’s called the Sine Die tree for a reason. According to statehouse legend the tree would bloom just as the Washington Legislature was supposed to adjourn. Sitting as it does at a prime corner entrance to the domed Legislative Building it has always been a splendid reminded that the time has arrived for the politicians to depart.

In the old days of 60-day sessions every other year, that meant it usually broke into bloom in mid-March. (Sine Die is Latin for without day and is assigned to the final adjournment of each session because the Legislature is adjourning without a specified day of returning).

Apparently out of deference to the constitutional change that created 105-day sessions in odd-numbered years and out of concern for the task facing lawmakers this year, the Sine Die tree has waited until now to bloom.

Sure, it may still be two weeks early, but I think the tree has been pretty patient up until now and the Legislature may want to pay attention.

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