The 30-day clock starts today on overtime in Olympia. State lawmakers are heading back to pick up where they left off Friday.
Leaders of the House and Senate will try to hammer out a budget compromise while the rank and file pass some of the dozens of bills that go along with the budget.
Most of them make cuts, but one receiving a public hearing today in Senate Ways and Means would actually increase spending on something: birth control and other family planning. SB 5912 would expand the services to families at 250 percent of the poverty level, up from 200 percent. It’s an attempt to save money — $4.5 million — by reducing unintended pregnancies paid for by the state.
The panel will also have a hearing on SB 5472, a budget gimmick that would delay $332 million in payments to school districts by a single day, moving them from the balance sheets of the current two-year budget period into the next one.