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Special session update: Day 4

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on April 29, 2011 at 9:28 am with No Comments »
April 29, 2011 9:28 am

Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to veto the Legislature’s medical marijuana bill today.

The only question is whether she will allow some parts of it to survive. Gregoire says she’s worried the federal government will prosecute state employees if they get involved in regulating marijuana.

Gregoire is also making a trip to the TransAlta plant in Centralia this morning to sign a bill negotiated with the company and environmentalists that aims to wean the state off coal over time.

She’ll be joined by TransAlta CEO Steve Snyder, House Republican Leader Richard DeBolt, who works at TransAlta, and others as she gives final approval to the deal.

Back in Olympia, most lawmakers are gone, but budget writers are here and have been going through their spending plans line by line to decide where they would be willing to compromise. After consulting with Republicans, they sent an offer to the Senate and are awaiting a reply. For a rundown on the shape of backroom negotiations, read this report by Brad Shannon.

There’s no floor or committee action today as negotiations wear on.

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