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OLYMPIA, Wash. - With the Legislature's session half over, Washington state lawmakers still are looking at how to address a $2.8 billion budget shortfall.
     
But that doesn't mean they've been idle.
     
Hoping to get other issues resolved before tackling the budget, lawmakers have focused on topics that include new laws in response to the fatal shootings of four Lakewood police officers and expanding laws aimed at distracted drivers.
     
The biggest fight so far has been over temporarily repealing Initiative 960, in which voters mandated a two-thirds majority vote of the Legislature to raise taxes.
     
Democratic leaders say they need the flexibility to raise taxes to balance the budget. Minority Republicans have used procedural maneuvers and lengthy debate to make lifting the supermajority rule as difficult and public as possible.

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