OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for a special legislative session to try and come to an agreement on a two-year state budget.
A mostly empty Senate was gaveled into order on Monday morning, but most lawmakers weren’t expected to return until the afternoon when a special session resolution was to be passed in the House.
Budget writers in the House and Senate have met a few times since the regular session adjourned on April 28. But with no deal reached during their two-week interim, the special legislative session that started Monday could take its full allotted 30 days, if not longer.
Gov. Jay Inslee has said that even while budget writers keep working toward a deal, he wants lawmakers to address policy issues during the overtime session, including a measure to strengthen the state’s impaired driving laws in the wake of recent fatal accidents.