In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien, speaks on the House floor in Olympia, Wash. It has been just shy of 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Washington state law barring members of the Communist Party from working for the state is unconstitutional. Evidently, that is not enough time to remove it from the books. Fitzgibbon first introduced a measure to repeal the anachronistic law last year, saying that it would be a quiet end to a moot statute originating from a dark period in our nation’s history. Though his bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee, it did do so on a party-line vote, with four Republicans opposed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien, speaks on the House floor in Olympia, Wash. It has been just shy of 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Washington state law barring members of the Communist Party from working for the state is unconstitutional. Evidently, that is not enough time to remove it from the books. Fitzgibbon first introduced a measure to repeal the anachronistic law last year, saying that it would be a quiet end to a moot statute originating from a dark period in our nation’s history. Though his bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee, it did do so on a party-line vote, with four Republicans opposed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien, speaks on the House floor in Olympia, Wash. It has been just shy of 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Washington state law barring members of the Communist Party from working for the state is unconstitutional. Evidently, that is not enough time to remove it from the books. Fitzgibbon first introduced a measure to repeal the anachronistic law last year, saying that it would be a quiet end to a moot statute originating from a dark period in our nation’s history. Though his bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee, it did do so on a party-line vote, with four Republicans opposed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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