The date was March 13, 2020, and Senator Andy Billig was driving home from Olympia when he got a call saying all Washington schools were going to shut down because of COVID.
It was the end of the legislative session – a time Billig said he usually looks forward to because he gets a chance to reflect on the hectic session, reorganize and catch up. But that phone call changed everything.

“Instead of the last day of the session signaling the beginning of a time to reflect, it signaled a new stage of momentous decision making that has continued non-stop since then,” Billig said.

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