State moved fast, maybe too quickly

The OlympianNovember 13, 2013 

Machinist Stephanie Lloyd-Agnew holds up a contract while chanting "just say no, " with fellow machinists during a rally at the Everett Machinists Union Hall, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.

AP PHOTO / MARK MULLIGAN, THE HERALD

Putting on a smiling face, a large bipartisan majority in both chambers of the Legislature approved an extension of tax breaks for Boeing that, coupled with a contract approval by the Machinists union, should keep production of the 777X airplane in the Puget Sound area.

That’s good, but below the surface most lawmakers disliked the process. We agree.

This newspaper was among the many voices urging the Legislature to act quickly. We didn’t expect them to move so fast that neither the public nor lawmakers themselves had sufficient opportunity to read and understand the legislation.

All bills should receive a public hearing and every public hearing should only be held after 72 hours’ notice. The Machinists’ vote takes place today, so legislators had several more days to thoroughly vet this legislation.

Good outcome. Flawed process.

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