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UPDATED: Wed., June 3, 2020

State Senate’s top Republican: Special session needed to deal with coming revenue shortfall

The Legislature should meet in special session this month to begin cutting the state budget to adjust for the loss of revenue brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Senate’s …

UPDATED: Wed., May 13, 2020

State agencies told to find almost $2 billion in savings, freeze hiring

Washington agencies will look for some $1.9 billion in budget cuts to accompany a freeze on hiring and equipment purchases ordered Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

UPDATED: Tue., May 5, 2020

State budget facing $7 billion hole from pandemic shutdown

The economic shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic could blow a $7 billion hole in the state’s budget over the next three years, forcing a special session sometime in 2020.

UPDATED: Tue., April 21, 2020

4 GOP lawmakers call for a special session to deal with pandemic’s effects

Four Republican legislators made a pitch Tuesday for a special session in the near future to help bring the state back from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that …

UPDATED: Tue., April 21, 2020

Inslee calls for gradual relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions; construction may begin ‘very soon’

Gov. Jay Inslee lays out plans for relaxing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019

GOP-led Virginia Legislature abruptly adjourns gun session

Less than two hours after beginning a special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday and postponed any movement on gun laws until after …

UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018

Otter to discuss possible special session with top lawmakers

Gov. Butch Otter says he plans on meeting with top legislative leaders to discuss calling a special legislative session.

Legislative panel unanimously backs call for special session on water rights

Lawmakers from both houses and both parties agreed Wednesday that Idaho needs a special legislative session this summer to deal with a long-simmering water rights fight in the Treasure Valley.

Idaho panel to urge Otter for special session on water fight

Key legislative leaders on Wednesday promised to urge Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to call a special session to resolve a longstanding water battle.

Idaho’s legislative leaders push for special session

Legislative leaders say Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter might call a special legislative session to address a yearslong water battle that has been building in southwestern Idaho.

Legislature needs special session to make schools safer, senator says

Senate leader calls for special legislative session to improve school safety.

Governor signs special session bills, vetoes 2

Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday signed six bills that he proposed as part of a solution to the state’s projected $227 million budget shortfall, vetoed one he found “disingenuous” and …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017

Bullock enacts budget cuts; GOP looks to make them permanent

Montana’s governor enacted just over $76 million in budget cuts Tuesday, and Republican lawmakers quickly sought to make them permanent and prevent him from vetoing other changes.

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017

Montana lawmakers return for deficit-focused special session

Montana lawmakers return to the Capitol this week for a special session to address a projected $227 million budget deficit

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017

Republicans successful in expanding Montana special session

Republican lawmakers have successfully expanded the scope of Montana’s special session next week to vote on cuts proposed by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and consider additional fund transfers as the …

Montana Democrats try to marshal support for special session

Montana Democrats are trying to marshal public support for a special session to address the budget shortfall while Republicans argue state government needs to live within its means.

Most Legislatures go into overtime, but the days needed to finish business have crept up over the years

Needing extra time to get the work done has been the rule, not the exception, for the Legislature.

Spin Control: Pro forma sessions – don’t blink or you’ll miss them

Trying to explain what happens – and what doesn’t – during this second special session isn’t easy.

Editorial: Legislators heading for inexcusable cram session

To pull a cram session on something as momentous and far-reaching as education funding is a dereliction of their duty.

Shawn Vestal: Legislature collects another F over school funding

Ho hum. The Legislature flunks again.

UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017

Washington Legislature’s first special session ends, second starts

Legislature adjourns from first special session, Gov. Jay Inslee immediately orders a second.

UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017

Washington lawmakers heading into second special session

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 …

Spin Control: With no legislating taking place, bill signings often the only game in town

What’s a capital reporter to do during a special session with no legislators in sight?

UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017

Special session makes the Legislature seem like it’s in reruns

Special session may seem like summer reruns for the Legislature because rules require bills to be passed again.

Spin Control: Questions and answers about the not-so-special special session.

Questions and answers about the not-so-special special session.

Bill Keim: Untapped wealth could unlock McCleary case

One of the largest areas of such local funding is educator salaries. In 1987, the state paid over 99 percent of salary costs, but by 2012, that state contribution had …

Lawmakers must stop posturing, start negotiating

Stop the dueling press releases, quit searching for future campaign sound bites and get to work. The only developments coming out of Olympia should be ideas about compromise.

Washington Legislature likely to end regular session quietly Sunday, go into OT Monday

With a budget agreement far off, Legislature could go into an overtime session as early as Monday.

Washington Legislature’s special session likely going into next week

Special session to continue into next week.

Lacking budget deal, Inslee vetoes bills and Legislature heads into special session

Shortly after lawmakers adjourned their regular session and started their special session, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he had vetoed 27 of the bills they’d already passed because of their failure …