Wash. legislature returns; quick action planned

WA State Legislature Running Out of Time in Special Session

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers are back in session.

The Legislature began its 60-day session today, with school funding, transportation and marijuana among the issues on the agenda. The state House planned to take immediate action on a bill that would expand state financial aid to students who are living illegally in the country.

For the first time in several years, lawmakers aren’t dealing with a budget shortfall, and it’s unclear whether they will approve any revisions to the existing state budget. Leaders in the House and Senate have been exploring the possibility of raising the state’s gas tax to pay for transportation projects, but that plan also has an uncertain fate.

Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to give the annual “State of the State” speech tomorrow.