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Budget-Focused Special Session Begins Today

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Lawmakers are returning to Olympia Tuesday to begin a special session with the aim of finishing work on the state budget.

Regular session wrapped up last Friday, and lawmakers were given a long weekend off before being called back by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

The entire Senate is expected to be in Olympia for at least the next two weeks, pushing bills necessary to implement the budget forward. In special sessions, all bills lawmakers had advanced to
the opposite chamber go back to their House of origin.

House leadership says top budget leaders will be in town, but most members will remain at home until budget negotiations are nearly completed.

Lawmakers need to pass a budget that slashes about $5 billion in spending in the next 30 days.
      
      
      

      
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