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Thu., May 12, 2011, 9:39 a.m.

Special Session Day 17: Senate in, House out

OLYMPIA -- The House of Representatives has the day off, but the Senate convenes this morning. There's no schedule yet, so they'll probably go into caucus after handling routine things.

There are rumors of votes on bills later in the day.

The process will reverse on Friday, and the House will be in session and caucus, but the Senate has nothing scheduled. Nothing scheduled over the weekend for either chamber.

It would seem the Legislature gets its work schedule from the folks in the Merry Old Land of Oz: "We get up at 12 and start to work at 1/Take an hour for lunch and then at 2 we're done. Jolly good fun."

The governor, meanwhile is closing in on finishing off the signing of bills from the regular session. She'll autograph more than two dozen in the afternoon, including a bill that cancels the state's 2012 presidential primary and another that sets up day use fees and season passes for state parks. Click here for a complete list of today's bills.

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