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WA Lege Day 101: A day of debates and votes?

OLYMPIA -- With the session days in triple digits, the Legislature is expected to spend most of the day -- and perhaps part of the night -- in debates and votes.

The 105th and final day of the regular session will be Sunday, and leaders are not yet saying they will need a special session to complete work. Individual members, however, have been suggesting there's no way they'll be done.

Sen. David Frockt, in discussing a school funding proposal recently, described it as ". . . at the end of the session -- in August or whenever."

Some members have even been asking reporters when they thought the session would end. Spin Control's answer: We always bet the over, never the under, on such things.

Gov. Jay Inslee was reluctant yesterday to admit the Legislature would need extra innings, although he did allow as how "there's a lot of work to be done." But when asked about some of his priority bills, such as the Reproductive Parity Act and the Washington Dream Act, which appear dead, he turned philosphically Zen:

"In my view, they have an infinite number of days to do their work," he said.

Talk about betting the over...

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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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