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Special Session Day 1: Here we go again

OLYMPIA -- After a three-day Easter break, the Legislature gets back to work today for the start of the Special Session.

The Senate got started at 1 p.m., taking up a handful of bills that got kicked back to them when time ran out last Friday. The Senate Ways and Means Committee begins hearings at 2 p.m., with several bills, including one that would expand state funding for family planning services and another that deals with what some consider a budgeting "gimmick" -- delaying a state payment to schools from June 30, the last day of the current biennium, to July 1, the first day of the next biennium, to make it easier to balance the current budget.

The latter one of those things that few people will say they like, but members of both parties seem likely to approve.

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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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