State of Washington
67th Legislature
2022 Regular Session
BySenators Braun, Mullet, Brown, Dozier, Gildon, Holy, Honeyford, King, McCune, Muzzall, Padden, Schoesler, Sefzik, Short, Wagoner, Warnick, J. Wilson, and L. Wilson
Read first time 03/08/22.Referred to Committee on State Government & Elections.
WHEREAS, On February 29, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-05, proclaiming a State of Emergency for all counties throughout the state of Washington as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States; and
WHEREAS, In this third year of the COVID-19 state of emergency, many scientific experts and elected officials agree it is now appropriate to manage the disease as an endemic, rather than a pandemic; and
WHEREAS, The President of the United States remarked in his recent State of the Union Address that COVID-19 need no longer control our lives, and most Americans can now move forward safely; and
WHEREAS, Members of the legislature trust that Washington hospitals and other health care facilities and those who work in and visit them are capable of taking measures to manage COVID-19 transmission; and
WHEREAS, Legislators trust Washington employers and employees to take appropriate measures to manage the spread of COVID-19 within workplaces and among workers and customers; and
WHEREAS, The legislature believes an objective consideration of scientific data confirms the stated basis for declaring the state of emergency has passed;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the Senate of the state of Washington, the House of Representatives concurring, That Proclamation 20-05 should be terminated, and the COVID-19 state of emergency should be ended.
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