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Spec Session Day 19: Senate begins overriding vetoes

OLYMPIA -- Although a budget deal is not yet officials, and details have not yet emerged, it is apparently so well in hand the Senate is beginning to override the vetoes Gov. Jay Inslee issued at the end of the regular session.

When he called a special session 19 days ago, Inslee made good on a threat to veto bills if lawmakers didn't give him a supplemental operating budget in the regular session.

He vetoed 27 that he said weren't needed for public health or safety. But most of those bills were noncontroversial and passed with overwhelming majorities. Earlier Monday, Inslee said with an apparent budget deal in the works, he had no objection to lawmakers overriding those vetoes.

Overriding a single veto on a controversial bill can be a contentious process. Overriding these will be relatively simple, based on the first few votes. They were announced, had no debate and the roll calls came back 43-0.

"Just because somethings historic doesn't mean it's not tedious," said Sen. Joe Fain, the Republican floor leader who was shepherding the bills through the process.

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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