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Morning update: special session Day 4

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on May 16, 2013 at 8:15 am |
May 16, 2013 8:19 am

Behind the scenes meetings continued Wednesday on the budget (here’s our story today profiling the negotiators) and drunken driving.

Public activity was sparse, except for a discussion of whether it should be easier to recall politicians. (Would a recall be a welcome relief for some lawmakers if they stay in Olympia much longer?)

Gov. Jay Inslee did sign more bills, including one that would extend financial aid eligibility to students attending the online Western Governors University. Another stems from the slayings of Charlie and Braden Powell and requires more state review in child custody cases involving a suspect in a crime.

He has another stack of bills today, including one sought by Pierce County that would allow counties to deal with backlogs of mental-health evaluations of jailed offenders by outsourcing such reviews to private psychologists. Another high profile bill would limit where ex-inmates can live using state rental vouchers.

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