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Tue., March 30, 2010, 9:33 a.m.

WA Lege SpecSess: Stuck in a rut?

OLYMPIA -- The familiar pattern of no apparent movement on the Legislature's budget log jam is expected to continue today. The two houses have pro forma sessions, but most members aren't here, so nothing of substance will be done.

Negotiations among House and Senate Democratic leaders are expected to continue over taxes, but until some agreement is reached, the other legislators will stay home. Some will issue press releases; Republicans are taking making statements about the waste of the special session.

Monday evening it was Sen. Janea Holmquist's turn. The Moses Lake Republican said Democrats should be passing reforms to workers comp and creating jobs.  Read the whole press release by clicking here.

This week has Passover at the beginning, and Good Friday/Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday at the end. Unless an agreement is reached by midweek, it's possible the legislators won't be brought back to debate and vote on it until next week.

Gov. Chris Gregoire is signing bills late this morning in Bellevue, which means she won't have to answer questions from the Olympia press corps about the apparent lack of progress in the special session.

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