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Legislature adjourns

OLYMPIA — It’s over.

The Legislature’s special session sloshed into the 30th and final day before being gaveled to a close.

The two chambers packed significant activity into the final evening Monday, passing a supplemental operating budget, a supplemental capital budget, higher cigarette taxes, increased business and consumer taxes.

A glitch on a bill to move money from the Rainy Day Fund to keep the state’s ending fund balance at an acceptable level causes a brief stir in the Senate around 11:30 p.m., and Rep. Lynn Kessler’s announcement she’s retiring prompted about a half-hour of improptu tributes in the House.

Gavel came down in the House at 1:05 a.m. Senate followed suit a few minutes later.

Kessler moved to adjourn sine die at 1:10 a.m. All ayes. House adjourned

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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