Lindsay Roach, 6, won the Darington School District art contest in the K-2 division. Wow. Great going, sweetheart! Now on to state!
News of the day:
First a note to the Stuths....Senator Jim Hargrove, Chair of the Human Services and Corrections Committee has agreed to sign on in the number two spot on our two bills. I tried calling tonight but could not reach you. One bill would grant standing in court to grandparents or other relatives in custody cases. The other bill creates a presumption that the family is first for placement (that is in law now but not strong enough).
10 A.M. Tim Eyman held a press conference in the Sec. of State's office as he filed a new initiative. Democrats have already announced that they will repeal I-960 which put in a required 2/3 vote for the legislature to raise taxes. Up until 2 years after the enactment there is a 2/3 vote required to over ride an initiative. After that only a simple majority is needed. The 2 years is up and Dems will remove the I-960 requirement to raise taxes. If Eyman's new initiative passes then the 2/3 requirement will be reinstated.
Noon... Session opened and I was there for the opening of my 20th session as state senator from the 31st District.
Then off to lunch at Anthony's to join a small gathering after the swearing in of new Chief Justice Barabara Madsen. I sat next to Justice Susan Owens...turns out she used to be a trial lawyer who dealt in CPS cases. Justice Richard Sanders was there and others.
2:30 Bari Willard and her husband arrived at my senate office.
4:30 The Willards and my team met with CPS Chief Denise Revels Robinson and her team at the DSHS offices. The meeting lasted 90 minutes and was pretty incredible. They even put in this report that Bari is on dialysis twice a week and yes, has breast cancer... I think DRR had her eyes opened at least a little when her staff lied right in her presence. It was really unbelievable!
7 P.M...I was at the North Lake Tapps Middle School to receive an award for my kindergarten granddaughter. Seems in the K-2 category she won 1st Place in the Art competition. Her piece will go on to the state competition. I was there to receive the award for her in her absence. Congratulation Lindsay! You are wonderful!