SPOKANE VALLEY, WASH - Ready for a 51st state? That's what would happen if Representatives Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin had their way, according to a pre-filed bill for the next Washington legislative session.
House Joint Memorial 4000 makes a direct pitch to the White House, Congress and the U.S. Senate to to create a new state, comprised of what is now eastern Washington.
The proposed name: Liberty.
"Since statehood, the lifestyles, culture, and economics of eastern and western Washington have been very different," the bill states. "The urbanization and rapid growth in the western portions of the state has progressively heightened this divergence of cultural and economic values between the western and eastern portions of the state."
The bill calls for a the western border of Liberty to be the crest of the Cascade mountains and the western borders of Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas, Yakima and Klickitat Counties. The eastern, northern and southern borders would stay the same.
This isn't the first time someone has tried to split the state of Washington at the seams of the Cascades. In fact, Shea and McCaslin co-sponsored a bill last year that called for a task force to explore the process of dividing the state.