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Washington lawmakers heading into second special session

UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee has said he will call legislators back for a second special session. (Rachel La Corte / Associated Press file)
Gov. Jay Inslee has said he will call legislators back for a second special session. (Rachel La Corte / Associated Press file)
Associated Press

OLYMPIA – Lawmakers will head into a second special session as they continue to work toward reaching agreement on a two-year state budget that satisfies a state Supreme Court mandate on education funding.

The first special session was set to adjourn Tuesday, after which Gov. Jay Inslee has already said he will call them back for a second special session.

While most of the 147 members have been back home in their districts during the special session, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has been meeting several times a week to negotiate policy surrounding education funding, and leaders say progress has been made. The state has been in contempt of court for lack of progress on satisfying a 2012 state Supreme Court ruling that found that school funding was not adequate or uniform.

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