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Special Session Day 3: Corrections, tax deferrals

OLYMPIA -- The seemingly leisurely pace continues here, with some floor action expected in the Senate but bupkis on tap for the House.

Senate Ways and Means Committee has a hearing this morning on changes to the Department of Corrections that allows for some early release of prisoners to ease the budget, but puts restrictions on early outs for violent offenders and those likely to commit more crimes. It's also scheduled to vote on several bills, including a proposal to eliminate a property tax break for low-income residents.

UPDATE: The committee deferred a vote on the tax deferral in its Executive Session. It passed to the floor a bill that would assess some fees for Running Start classes to high school students who aren't classified as low-income.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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