Look out Washington! The legislature’s back!
Posted by Liberty on January 10, 2009
Check your freedoms at the door and whip out that checkbook–the Washington State legislature’s back in town. If you’re still in the mood for New Year’s resolutions, may I suggest that you make 2009 the year that you really keep tabs on what’s happening in Olympia? State lawmakers have been running roughshod over the citizenry of Washington State for a little too long. One resource for the latest action in the state capitol is the Washington Policy Center’s website, WashingtonVotes.org.
You can search for legislation by keyword or bill number and you can also pull up specific legislators to check out what bills they’re introducing and sponsoring, along with how they’re voting. From there, it’s easy to click directly to your legislator’s e-mail address so you can drop them a little note and let them know how they can serve you better.
I’m also going to recommend the Evergreen Freedom Foundation and their terrific blog, Liberty Live. While WashingtonVotes.org is non-partisan, the Evergreen Freedom Foundation has more of a Conservative flavor to it. Just read the opening line of their mission statement:
“Our mission is to advance individual liberty, free enterprise and limited, accountable government.”
With that positive, Conservative message in mind, steel your resolve to watch what your legislator is doing this session. When they’re right, contact them and let them! When they’re wrong, do the same!
And, on that note, here’s a little re-cap of some of the important issues they were working on in 2008, courtesy of Mike Reitz at Liberty Live.
“Eyebrow-raising laws from 2008
- Sellers of raw huckleberries are required to obtain a state permit.
- Individuals who inadvertently discover skeletal human remains must immediately call the coroner and the police.
- Antifreeze has apparently become more refreshing since my childhood, prompting the legislature to require the addition of a bitter-tasting chemical to the antifreeze distributed in Washington. Manufacturers must now ‘render the product unpalatable.'”
The list goes on from there so peek at Mike’s blog to see them all.