Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lawmakers at the judge's table

Legislators reported for what promises to be a 105-day marathon of constituent meetings, committee hearings, and floor action on Monday. Considering the long months ahead, it would be easy to understand why a representative would want to spend the weekend before session relaxing at home with their family and friends.

Not the case for Representatives Sam Hunt, Chris Reykdal, and Dave Upthegrove.

The three lawmakers spent Saturday, January 12th judging the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution civic education contest. High school students participated in the statewide competition held at the capitol campus in Olympia.

Tahoma High School earned first place, while Evergreen and River’s Edge took home the second and third place honors. Tahoma High will advance to the national finals in Washington, D.C. this April.

Despite their busy weekend schedules, we can confirm that all three lawmakers were able to catch the heartbreaking Seahawks defeat on Sunday. Although, we're not sure we would call that a relaxing morning kicking around the house.

Reps. Chris Reykdal (center) and Dave Upthegrove (right) judge students' knowledge of constitutional issues. Photo courtesy of Marcia Swanson.

Rep. Sam Hunt (center) checks his notes during the competition. Photo courtesy of Marcia Swanson.

Read this story in Spanish here.