WASHINGTON (AP) What is the maximum amount of time that a lawmaker can veto a bill?
That’s one of the main questions facing Washington lawmakers as the state’s Republican-led legislature begins a year-long session that will be dominated by debates over whether to legalize recreational marijuana and the state government’s response to a string of deaths from opioid overdoses.
The question of how long a lawmaker could spend in the chamber during a session dominated by legislative business has raised questions for some lawmakers and their supporters, who say the legislature is too far behind the times.
What are the limitations?
There are three limits on how long lawmakers can be in the Capitol, the state Legislature’s chief legislative negotiator said in an interview Tuesday.
First, it is prohibited for lawmakers to spend more than two days in the same room as each other.
That includes sitting on the same side of the floor.
Second, it must be two hours after the session ends, but lawmakers can spend a longer amount of their time in the Senate.
And third, if a lawmaker does not want to leave the Capitol on the anniversary of a death in the next year, he or she can go home and return only to vote again.
The limits on lawmakers’ time in session were laid out by a special legislative session on the opioid crisis that begins in the coming weeks.
“The intent of the session is to be a learning experience,” said Rep. Mike Fasano, a Democrat from Seattle who chairs the House Appropriations Committee.
“The goal is to make sure we have a better understanding of how we can address these issues, and also to be able to get more input into these issues from a variety of groups.”
The new session begins in January and ends March 16.
The session begins with a session that begins Feb. 5, the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump, and ends Feb. 11.
During the session, lawmakers will be required to sign an oath that says they will vote on bills that affect the lives of Washington residents.
The lawmakers can also participate in a series of meetings about opioid addiction.
The rules do not prevent lawmakers from speaking publicly about a topic if they are unable to speak due to health conditions or other commitments, the rules state.
A person cannot be arrested, held without bond or otherwise removed from the Capitol.
The Legislature’s rules are enforced by the Washington Attorney General’s office, which oversees the Capitol police.
The Legislature also has the power to dismiss a lawmaker from office if he or he is found to be violating any law, the special session’s rules state, without giving the speaker notice or a vote.
The speaker is not required to take action if a senator is found not to have breached any laws.
A lawmaker cannot be removed from office or removed from a subcommittee or committee until they complete an ethics review and the Ethics Committee makes its decision, the Rules state.
The Senate has the authority to call a special session if it decides to hold a special meeting.
In the new session, the speaker is expected to vote on more than a dozen bills, including legislation that would legalize recreational use of marijuana, the minimum wage, a $10 billion plan to expand access to Medicaid and a bill that would increase the minimum hourly wage to $15 an hour.
Democrats have called for the House to approve a bill to legalize marijuana, but they have been unsuccessful.
They have also sought to extend a tax on the sales of recreational marijuana to Jan. 1, 2018, but it has stalled in the Legislature.
The House’s Rules Committee has scheduled a vote on the bill for Feb. 24.
The new House session begins Feb., 11.