April 17 | NW News Network ~
In what has become the new normal, Washington state lawmakers are expected to go into an overtime session because they’ve been unable to agree on a state operating budget or a plan to fully fund public schools.
The regular 105-day session ends Sunday, April 23.
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee will have the option of immediately calling lawmakers back into special session for 30 days, or he could choose to wait to declare a special session until budget writers are closer to having an agreement.
“We have not made decisions about that yet,” Inslee said Monday following a bill signing ceremony. “I’m going to do whatever is going to get the best deal for the kids of the state of Washington the fastest.”
Asked about the timing of a special session, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler said, “I’m ready to go to work the next day or whatever the governor would like.”
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