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Washington Legislature appears to be heading to special session

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Wash. - It looks like the Washington State Legislature is headed for a special session. Some people have expressed confusion in the way the whole process works, so here are some key points.

State Legislature is made up of the House and the Senate. Right now in Washington State, both the Senate and the House have Democratic majorities.

In order for a bill to be "passed by State Legislature," a proposal must pass out of the House, and a proposal must pass out of the Senate. From there, they go up for discussion between the House and Senate.

Today, the House Democrats' chief budget writer, Ross Hunter introduced a replacement proposal, that included a one-day delay in payments to school districts.

However, the Senate passed a Republican-crafted budget proposal with the help of a few conservative Democrats this past weekend, that found a way to not include the delay. Although most Senate Democrats didn't agree to the proposal, between the Senate Republicans and the few Democrats that did... The scale tipped to a majority in favor of the proposal, thus passing it out of the Senate.

Republicans in the Senate say even if Hunter's replacement proposal from Today is able to pass out of the house, there's no way Senate Republicans will agree to it.

Today is the last day of the regular 60-day Legislative session, so unless an agreement is made tonight between the House and the Senate, the Legislature will be going into a special session to come up with a budget plan.