OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The House and Senate have official adjourned their third special session, but lawmakers left on a sour note after a dispute over a water rights bill prevented a vote on a two-year capital budget.
Legislative leaders had previously said they were likely to adjourn earlier in the day after negotiations broke down Wednesday on a water rights bill that was tied to passage of a new construction budget for the state. Once it became clear that no progress would be made — even on whether or not to adjourn — the exodus began, first by the House Democrats, followed by the other caucuses.
A few lawmakers stayed behind to officially gavel out.