Morning update: Session Day 60

Staff reportsMarch 13, 2014 

The Washington state Legislative Building shown in a June 2013 file photo.

STEVE BLOOM — The Olympian

It's Day 60 of the Legislature's 60-day regular session and for once, lawmakers appear ready to finish their work on time.

Both sides planned to brief their members Thursday morning in private caucuses on a budget agreement reached Wednesday.

Lawmakers were still talking late Wednesday about how to extend an expiring fee that funds housing programs, and whether to adjust teacher evaluation requirements in hopes of retaining school districts' control over some $38 million in federal aid.

A new proposal, meanwhile, is awaiting action on medical marijuana regulation. It would leave terms of the recreational marijuana initiative intact, with the goal of avoiding the need for a two-thirds super-majority in the House to pass a bill. The plan would close dispensary-style stores and leave patients to buy marijuana in recreational stores, with a partial tax break if they sign up for a state registry.

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