Special session costs may exceed a half-million dollars by the time legislators finish their third stint of overtime in Olympia.
TACOMA — Special session costs may exceed a half-million dollars by the time legislators finish their third stint of overtime in Olympia.
The News Tribune reports Gov. Jay Inslee reconvened legislators after they adjourned in April without agreeing on a budget. This is the most time a Washington Legislature has ever spent in session in a single year, while the most expensive year for overtime was recorded in 2001.
Costs have reached about $440,000, a figure that’s expected to rise by the end of this third session.
Lawmakers are also getting $30 more per day for their efforts under an increase passed in 2014. They can now claim up to $120 in daily expenses.
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Capitol officials say there are enough existing funds in various budgets to cover the costs.