Legislature adjourns without passing budget

Gregoire calls for special session



OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire has called for a special session as the Washington state Legislature prepared to adjourn without passing a supplemental budget plan.

Gregoire said late Thursday night that she has asked lawmakers to return to the Capitol Monday.

Her announcement came minutes before the deadline, midnight Thursday, to officially close out the regular 60-day legislative session after several hours of speculation about whether Senate Democrats would try to vote on the budget House Democrats passed earlier in the evening. That plan, an agreement between House and Senate Democrats, keeps in place a delayed payment to schools that Senate Republicans said ensured its failure in the Senate.

Ultimately, Senate Democrats decided to not take up the budget Thursday night.