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Washington Legislative Session Starts Today

(Olympia, WA)  --  The 2016 Washington legislative session will begin today at the capitol.  Among the issues expected to be covered during the session is agreeing on a plan to fully fund public schools by the 2018 deadline set by the Washington State Supreme Court.  Lawmakers will also address the problems that led to the Department of Corrections' mistakenly releasing more than three-thousand prisoners early.  The Legislature will also fashion a supplemental budget, which will include compliance with a federal court mandate to reduce the amount of time to evaluate mentally ill offenders locked up in county jails.    

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