State split would be overseen by transition committees…
Spokane Valley Representatives Bob McCaslin and Matt Shea (who is the leader of the 51st state movement) have submitted House Bill 1509 which would create the new state of Liberty out of eastern Washington. The two lawmakers proposed a similar proposal in 2016 and 2017.
The idea is nothing new as splitting the state was suggested by lawmakers in 1915, 1985, 1991, 2005 and 2015 as well. These proposals never got far and other than getting some headlines the last two proposals did not gain much traction with lawmakers.
The bill’s text proposes transition committees for various policy areas including government functions, infrastructure, debt, elections, transportation, education, natural resources, labor, agriculture and more. Each committee would be comprised of four state legislators and one expert, consultant, or other support staff. More