OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday to finish their work on a two-year state budget. But with no deal reached during their two-week break, the special legislative session could take its full allotted 30 days, if not longer.
Budget writers in the House and Senate met officially a few times during their brief time off, though staffers met more frequently. But without firm agreement on what a compromise budget would look like, what exactly lawmakers will do immediately upon their return is still unclear.
Gov. Jay Inslee has said that even while budget writers keep working toward a deal, he wants lawmakers to address policy issues during the overtime session, including a measure to strengthen the state's impaired driving laws in the wake of recent fatal accidents.