The Republican state senator has been consistent in raising the question of why lawmakers in Olympia have not been allowed to provide input to Gov. Jay Inslee during the coronavirus pandemic
Sen. Lynda Wilson (Republican, 17th District) continued her call for a special session of the Washington State Legislature in comments she shared on her official legislative social media page Thursday.
Wilson has been consistent in raising the question of why lawmakers in Olympia have not been allowed to provide input to Gov. Jay Inslee during the coronavirus pandemic.
Wilson is Republican leader of the Senate committee on economic development and trade. She also served on the governor’s pandemic-related business-recovery task force until it was abruptly disbanded in May, after just five weeks.
“I listened in dismay yesterday afternoon as the governor reinstated his indoor mask mandate, and extended his previously announced vaccine mandate to include K-12 employees,’’ Sen. Wilson wrote Thursday. “Every time he referred to ‘following the science’ I was reminded how often his pandemic-related decisions over the past 18 months seemed to have NO connection to science. Keeping schools closed month after month, killing businesses by labeling them ‘non-essential,’ allowing big Puget Sound counties to reopen even when the numbers didn’t support it … I could keep going.
“I have a real problem with how this governor is going farther than any other in attempting to force people to inject something into their bodies against their will, to the point of threatening their jobs, and how he seems both puzzled and dismissive that people have sincerely held concerns about the vaccine,’’ the senator added. “He has shown so little trust in the people for so long, and now he’s extended that distrust to K-12 employees.
“And of course, he left the door open to more drastic measures – like economic rollbacks,’’ Sen. Wilson stated. “It is past time for the Legislature to call ourselves back for a special session to rein in the Governor’s emergency powers. He has shown, without a doubt, that he needs to be kept in check… like our government is supposed to work.’’