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House being called back. Budget deal in works?

OLYMPIA -- The rumor mill was working harder than a lobbyist's Blackberry Wednesday.

The Legislature will be in session until the fall. No, it will be done by next Wednesday. No, it will run out of time and be sent home, brought back the last week of June under the threat of a state government shutdown.

All of this is exacerbated by the fact many House members went home Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, with nothing scheduled until Monday. The Senate was in session, but handled only a handful of bills around noon Wednesday before adjourning until Thursday. (See Sunday Spin: Are we in Oz or what?)

There's really not much to do until the two houses get an agreement on a general operating budget, proposed changes to workers compensation and rearranging the state's debt limit.

But Wednesday night came the first sign of some movement in the log jam.

House staff was notified that representatives are bieng called back for a session starting at 10 a.m. Saturday "and will meet every day through May 25th. This includes Sunday May 22nd."

So clearly, something must be up.

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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