Lewis and Thurston county lawmakers tried to amend the budget to save Maple Lane School, but couldn’t muster the votes in the House this evening.
The juvenile detention center in Grand Mound would close in the budget, saving about $6 million.
Republicans backed Democratic Rep. Brendan Williams’ amendment, but he couldn’t get much help from his own party, and it failed on a 45-52 vote. Williams then became one of a few Democrats to vote against their party’s budget.
A consulting firm’s 2009 study concluded that closing Maple Lane is a bad idea because the state lacks …