Washington Legislature Convenes Second Special Session

Jun 12, 2013

The opening gavel has once again fallen in the Washington legislature.

The electronic reader board in the Washington Senate announced the first day of the second special session.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

"The second extraordinary session of the 63rd legislature will now be in order,” said a deadpan Lt. Gov. Brad Owen Wednesday morning in the state Senate.

The second overtime session is necessary because lawmakers have yet to find agreement on a budget for the next two years. Taxes and controversial policy measures are the chief hang-ups.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jay Inslee will gather his cabinet to begin to make preparations for a possible July 1 government shutdown – if there’s still no deal by then.

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