Legislature headed to special session Tuesday

first_imgAs expected, Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Friday that she is calling the 2011 Legislature into special session.But far from chastising legislators for failing to pass a budget on time, she praised them for working hard and remaining focused on the largest budget deficit in recent history.“This Legislature has come together in the toughest of times and done significant work in this session on behalf of Washington,” Gregoire said at a televised press conference. “But there is more work to be done. Starting Tuesday, the Legislature will continue to work together to chart a new course and to transform Washington’s government. And I pledge to help them finish the job.”Legislators left early for a three-day Easter weekend after sending a 2011-13 transportation budget to the governor. They’re ending the regular session without reaching deals on the operating budget or the construction budget. The regular session was scheduled to adjourn Sunday. Under state law, lawmakers can meet for up to 30 days in special session once they reconvene, though Gregoire said she hopes the session will be much shorter. With House and Senate leaders from both parties at her side, the governor said lawmakers have agreed to keep the special session focused on the budget and the many bills required to implement it. She also urged quick action on such cost-saving issues as workers compensation reform.last_img read more