OLYMPIA – The State Legislature will convene for the first time in person in nearly a year today amid concerns of potential efforts by armed groups to occupy the Capitol, which is currently closed to the public due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Sunday, the National Guard took up posts outside of a fenced off Capitol building in response to reported threats to occupy the building. Demonstrations are planned to protest the Legislative Session being off-limits to in-person observation due to COVID-19 restrictions. Many are upset at the Governor’s ongoing emergency orders limiting business operations and keeping employees out of work. State House member Jim Walsh of Aberdeen says his proposed legislation is a mirror image of Initiative 1114…an effort to correct an imbalance of power. Similar legislation has been proposed in the State Senate. The question is whether the Democrat controlled Senate and House will permit hearings on the ideas.  

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