The first special session of 2011 began this morning. Over the next thirty days lawmakers are expected to pass a biennial operating and capital budget plus an estimated sixty policy bills necessary to implement the budgets. Many bills from the regular session will need to be reintroduced during the special session. In special sessions, all bills lawmakers had advanced to the opposite chamber go back to their House of origin.
The House will convene primarily leadership and top budget leaders during the next couple of weeks in Olympia, while the majority of members remain in district until budget negotiations are nearly completed.
The Senate will convene on the floor at 1:00 p.m. The entire Senate is expected to be in Olympia today and at least through the next two weeks moving legislation forward to implement the budget. This work will begin this afternoon when the Senate Ways & Means Committee meets at 2:30 to hear the following four bills.