The Legislature adjourned the 105-day regular session on Sunday evening without a budget agreement in place. Shortly after Sine Die, Gov. Jay Inslee called a special session to begin May 13. The governor said he wants legislators to tackle policy issues during special session as well as the budget. On his list: Gun control, drunk driving legislation, a transportation revenue package and an abortion insurance bill.
Budget writers will be meeting for the next two weeks to work out a deal on the budget. The Democratically-controlled House has passed a budget that includes $900 million in new tax revenue by ending tax breaks and extending a business surcharge. The mostly Republican Majority Coalition in the Senate approved a no-new-taxes budget that relies instead on cuts to social services, savings and policy changes.
We’ll have a new edition of “Legislative Review” airing Monday night at 6:30 and 11 p.m. that wraps up the weekend activities.
Watch Gov. Inlsee’s announcement of special session below: