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Special Session Day 26: Slow start (or is that slow restart?)

With most legislators playing the waiting game, the most productive thing in the Capitol Saturday morning may have been the wedding photos being taken of Evaline and Dennis Zalevskiy, scene here pausing at the top of the Rotunda steps for their videographer. Afterwards, they entire wedding party went outside and did an “Abbey Road” pose in one of the crosswalks.

OLYMPIA — The official start time of today's legislative session was 10 a.m. Actual start time is somewhat less definite.

House went straight to caucus. Senate went at ease. Negotiators continue to discuss the 2011-13 operating budget and a possible compromise on Workers Compensation for Compromise and Release.

Neither chamber will be doing anything until 1 p.m. at the earliest.

Organized labor sent out a press release denouncing the latest iteration they were shown by Gov. Chris Gregoire Friday morning. It still contains voluntary compromise and release settlements for injured workers age 55 and over, State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson said. No major changes but “some nuances are different.”

They're against it. Johnson said it will create a “litigious system” in our state. “It's not a reform of the system. It's a cost-cutting measure.”

Legislative leaders and members of the business community were in on discussions last night in the governor's office. Labor wasn't there, Johnson said. “They didn't invite us. If anything's changed, it's only getting worse.”

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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