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Tag: Special session

May
2nd

Special session? No (yawn), it’s a routine – and so are the costs

There are a few things to keep in mind when state lawmakers return to special session on May 13.

FIRST: The cost is likely to be small in the grand scheme of legislative spending. Costs ran less than $300,000 for two special sessions that lasted a total of 31 days last year, which is less than one one-thousandth of a percent of the state operating budget. And it’s less than half of what the House expects to spend for a new voting-machine and scoreboard installed in its chambers this year.

Things could get a bit more costly if all

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April
18th

Ready for a road trip? As special session beckons, Senate Majority Leader Tom suggests statewide budget tour

If Washington state lawmakers ever sipped truth serum, they’d probably fess right up: A special session is just around the corner in Olympia. But with 10 days left in the regular 105-day session, and lots of political positioning still left to do, leaders are taking a more nuanced position on the dance floor.

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom first insisted there was no need for a special session – as though wishing such things makes them so. But then he declared that he’d like to take Senate and House legislative leaders on a statewide tour – “20 towns

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