Saturday, January 17, 2009

Legislature honors MLK and celebrates kids Monday

Monday is a holiday for most of America, but the Washington State Legislature isn't taking the day off. This provides a great opportunity for those who don't have to go to work or school to come to the Capital and visit their elected Representatives and Senators.

Committees will meet as usual, and the House will be in session at 10:00 am. The agenda on the floor: Resolutions honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating Washington's children. One day each session, members are encouraged to bring their children to observe the legislature in action. The kids get to go out onto the floor, listen to the speeches, and push the voting buttons on Mom's or Dad's desk.

This year, the young visitors might also get a glimpse of history in the making -- a big part of Martin Luther King's famous "dream" will be realized Tuesday with the inauguration of Barack Obama.