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Special session: yes, says governor…

Gov. Chris Gregoire said she intends to call a special session, but wants to talk to lawmakers first.

She said she hopes the session is soon -- not waiting for the June revenue forecast, for example -- short, and limited in scope. She wants to hash out an agreement with lawmakers to limit the time of the special session, perhaps to a single day, and limit it to a few agreed-to bills. She doesn't want it to morph into a month-long rehash of lots of bills that didn't pass, she said.

But Gregoire also said she wants lawmakers to have time to decompress and spend time with their families before returning to Olympia. The final days of the session were full of late nights and high emotions, she said, and lawmakers are clearly worn out.

She said she hopes to talk to Democratic and Republican legislative leaders tomorrow to set a date.

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