The State Senate meets in pro forma session to approve a resolution honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (SR 8603).
Pro Forma (Latin “as a matter of form”): Washington’s Constitution states that neither chamber may adjourn for more than three days without the consent of the other. Rather than seeking the other body’s permission not to meet, the Senate and House occasionally convene pro forma sessions such as this. During pro forma sessions, legislation may be introduced and referred to committee. Floor resolutions may also be adopted. Roll call votes will not be taken and, generally, few members will be in attendance. Pro forma sessions allow legislators more time in committee hearings or for other business outside the chamber while still allowing legislation and routine procedural matters to progress.