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Politics Northwest

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March 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Lawmakers give selves another week on veterans, homeless bills

State Senate and House leaders announced Friday afternoon that two priority pieces of legislation will not be subject to normal cutoff rules this session.

Lawmakers will have another six days to figure out how to pass bills to give in-state tuition to out-of-state veterans and maintain an existing real-estate document fee to help homeless residents.

Rules state that nonbudget-related bills were supposed to pass through each chamber by 5 p.m. Friday. The end of the session, called Sine Die, is scheduled for next Thursday.

“House and Senate leadership is in agreement that these issues are not subject to today’s cutoff, and we look forward to delivering this important legislation to the governor before Sine Die,” wrote Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, and House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington.

The Seattle Times on Friday profiled the veteran’s tuition bill, which has won the backing of Gov. Jay Inslee and every single state lawmaker but was in jeopardy because lawmakers could not agree on who should get credit for it. 

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