The legislature took important steps to prevent this.
Today is the last day of the state legislative session. Sort of. The House and Senate haven't been able to agree on the specifics for resolving the state's $2.8 billion (or so) budget deficit. The Senate wants a sales tax increase, the House, with backing from Governor Chris Gregoire, doesn't.
But lest you think the first sixty days were a waste of time, and that lawmakers are unable to agree on anything, not so! The Governor has already signed 19 bills that were passed by both chambers. Here are highlights of their legislative work:
And in keeping with the law enforcement theme, have you always wanted to be the head state cop for a day? Now you can! (As long as you're a chronically ill kid.) The legislature created a Washington State Patrol "chief for a day" program. Participants get swag including a badge and uniform. Sorry, no gun.
Making kids police chiefs and stopping trucks carrying explosive material from barreling across railroad tracks... who says lawmakers and the governor can't find common ground?