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House overrides 27 Inslee vetoes

Moving quickly at the end of a long day of debates and meetings, the House overrode all 27 vetoes issued by Gov. Jay Inslee as a way to speed up budget negotiations.

When things are slow in the Legislature

The Legislature is expected to adjourn for the year sometime Tuesday night (or maybe early Wednesday morning). But there's a lot of down time on the last day.

Legislature passes budget

OLYMPIA – Washington lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to a compromise budget that makes incremental changes to programs that could ease problems in mental health, a teacher shortage and homelessness.

Washington budget deal reached but details not released

OLYMPIA – Legislators reached a tentative deal Monday on changes to the state’s main budget, but the public won’t see details until Tuesday, shortly before voting on the spending plan could begin. Budget negotiators said in a joint statement late Monday afternoon the supplemental operating budget for most state programs with spending through June 2017 would make “significant improvements” in mental health treatment, and increase spending on teachers and programs for the homeless.

Spec Session Day 19: Senate begins overriding vetoes

With a budget deal apparently in hand, the Senate is beginning to override Gov. Jay Inslee's vetoes of bills he nixed because the Legislature didn't pass a budget in the regular session.

Demoted corrections official says he was ‘scapegoated’

A Department of Corrections official insisted an investigation into the computer mistakes that led to the early release of more than 3,000 inmates made him a scapegoat. But David Dunnington said he agreed with the conclusion that systemic failures led to continued delays of what should have been a top priority for the department.