Wash. Legislature adjourns; special session called

By

Published:

 

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington Legislature has adjourned without passing a supplemental budget plan, and Gov. Chris Gregoire has called for a special session.

Lawmakers ended the 60-day regular legislative session just after midnight Thursday, not long after Gregoire said lawmakers will return to the Capitol Monday for an extended session that could last as long as a month.

There had been several hours of speculation on Thursday 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.