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WaLeg Day 60: Special session here we come

OLYMPIA -- Any doubts about the Legislature ending on time were removed this morning as budget negotiators agreed they won't have a spending plan done by midnight and Gov. Jay Inslee scheduled a 10:30 p.m. press conference "to announce details regarding a special session." 

House Appropriations Chairman Hans Dunshee acknowledged to TVW's Anita Kissee on "The Impact" that there is no deal yet on a supplemental budget, let alone an actual document on which lawmakers can vote.

That presents an interesting decision for Inslee, who earlier this week promised to veto bills set to become law Thursday if legislators didn't pass a budget. Inslee "will be taking action" on 37 bills at 10 p.m., with no public signing ceremony, a press release from his office says. 

It doesn't specifically say he will veto them, but under state law the bills would become law without his signature at the end of the day.

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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