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Lawmakers appear close to end of special session

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers started moving toward a conclusion of their overtime special session, nearing an official announcement on a budget deal and a legislative override of 27 gubernatorial vetoes.

Republican Sen. John Braun, one of the Senate’s main budget negotiators, said that news on the budget was likely sometime Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Senate was preparing to return to the floor to take votes. On the floor calendar were the 27 bills vetoed earlier this month by Gov. Jay Inslee out of frustration because lawmakers were not able to complete their work during the regular 60-day legislative session.

In a written release Monday afternoon, Inslee said he was pleased with lawmakers’ progress on the budget and said he had no objection to the veto overrides.

A two-thirds majority vote in both the House and Senate is required to override a veto.