Several unresolved issues as lawmakers near end of session

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 5:36 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Lawmakers have to pass a budget before wrapping up this year's session.
What else will get approved is still to be determined.

The 60-day legislative session ends Thursday night.

Lawmakers worked from Tuesday night until Wednesday morning negotiating the budget.
Negotiations continued throughout Wednesday.

In addition to the budget, several issues ranging from reforming medical marijuana reforms to giving tuition breaks to veterans still had not been resolved.

Governor Jay Inslee did not want to comment on if he would call a special session to deal with any additonal bills, saying he does not like to talk about overtime while the game's still in the fourth quarter.

Senate Republican Leader, Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said lawmakers would likely finish on-time and he did not think a special session would need to be called.

"I don't think there's anyone here who wishes that on the members or the public again," said Schoesler.
 

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