While the special session is officially underway, few lawmakers are in Olympia except budget negotiators and South Sound legislators who live within a short drive.
The session is “pro forma” at least through Wednesday and possibly all week. In other words, the House and Senate fulfill their legal requirements to bang the gavel every morning, but don’t conduct any more business in public.
As the AP’s Rachel La Corte reported, Gov. Chris Gregoire met Monday and plans to meet again today with House Speaker Frank Chopp, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, and minority leaders Mike Hewitt and Richard DeBolt.
But that seems to be the only conversation happening between Republicans and Democrats. The GOP, which wrote the budget that passed the Senate, says the other side still refuses to negotiate directly with them.
Meanwhile, opponents of the Legislature’s legalization of same-sex marriage are waiting to gather signatures to overturn it, which must wait until a judge’s decision on how the law should be described to voters. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee will consider today whether to change the title and description written by the attorney general’s office.