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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011, 10:21 A.M.

WA Lege Day 96: A morning of concurrence

OLYMPIA -- Both chambers decide whether they'll agree with changes the other made to bills that have bounced back and forth this session. Known as concurrence, it's usually a smooth process for passing legislation that's been honed to an acceptable edge.

Senate Ways and Means Committee has the 2011-13 budget on its calendar for its 1:30 p.m. meeting, giving the panel a chance to debate and possibly pass the spending plan on to the Senate floor. But the Senate won't be taking the budget up before next week; a message from staff says the Senate is not working this weekend...and the prospects for a special session seem to be growing day by day.

In the House, the Capital Committee had a morning session on the combined version of its capital projects and bonding legislation, and passed it out of committee. House Ways and Means has a 3:30 p.m. hearing on a proposal for a 144-vehicle ferry, and votes on a slew of bills needed to make the House general operating budget work.

There are two "Tax Day" rallies planned for the Capitol Campus, even though technically today is not tax day. The deadline for filing your 1040 is Monday, April 18, this year, so slackards have the whole weekend to procrastinate.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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