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Bills to Stop Special Sessions Introduced

After years of special sessions that have often pushed the state to the brink of shutdown, Reps. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, and Christine Kilduff, D-University Place, have joined forces to bring an end to the problem, introducing two budget process reform bills Thursday.

MacEwen’s bill would change the state’s fiscal year to coincide with the end of regular session. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the fiscal year would begin May 1 in long, 105-day sessions and April 30 in short, 60-day sessions. The 35th District lawmaker says this simple change would prevent the Legislature from relying on additional sessions to finish its work.

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Legislature Approves Operating Budget, Funds Education, Avoids Shutdown

It was a full day Friday as lawmakers worked to beat the midnight clock and passed a $43.7 billion dollar budget to keep state government operating for the next two years.The budget averts a government shutdown and pours billions of new dollars into K-12 schools. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the two year operating budget Friday night as the fiscal year came to a close.

We have two audio reports on this story. First, we hear from John Sattgast with Washington House Republicans:

Now here is Dan Frizzell from the Washington State House Democratic Caucus:

Transcripts of each story and a statement from the Governor are below:

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State Government Shut Down Still Looming

The threat of a state government shut down still looms as the second special legislative session continues. John Sattgast from the House Republicans filed this audio report saying lawmakers are getting close to a budget agreement,  working to secure a new biennial budget before the end of the state’s fiscal cycle June 30:

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Griffey and MacEwen Discuss Legislative Session

State Representatives from the 35th District, Dan Griffey and Drew MacEwen, discussed this year’s legislative session Tuesday morning. The Republicans attended a legislative breakfast put on by the Economic Development Council of Mason County and the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce. The EDC’s Lynn Longan started the discussion by asking the first of three questions for Griffey and MacEwen.

Senator Tim Sheldon was not able to attend as he was presiding over the Senate since the Legislature continues with a second special session, trying to nail down a budget for the next biennium.

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