Local News

October 20, 2021


Some members of the State House in Olympia, including a 19th district legislator were surprised when they showed up for work Tuesday at the House of Representatives John L. O’Brien office building. Rep. Jim Walsh (R-Aberdeen) says this is where I do most of my work, “except, today I can’t get in the John L. O’Brien building. Normally my key card will open this door, it doesn’t open this door today.” Rep. Walsh says he’s learned the democratic controlled State House Executive rules committee has decided to exclude lawmakers who haven’t shown proof of coronavirus vaccine. Walsh says, “I have not shown covid vaccine papers, so I can’t access my office, I can’t access the floor, the main chambers under the (Capital) dome, I can’t do work from the Capital as a legislator in this state, this is unusual.” No access to the capital and its buildings may make it difficult to discuss a solution to the house leadership’s decision.

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