Published: April 28, 2018

By Doug Nadvornick

Bill signing ceremonies conducted by governors are often joyous occasions that formalize legislative achievements. But rarely do they lead to spontaneous pep rallies, as happened on April 1.

Two Spokane legislators, Baumgartner and Rep. Marcus Riccelli, sponsored bills in their respective chambers that would change the 1917 law. Riccelli signed up 64 co-sponsors in the 98-member House; Baumgartner signed up 17 co-sponsors in the 49-member Senate. Their non-partisan stewardship in guiding the bills through several hearings and votes gave the WSU medical school bill big majority support in both chambers.