Special session wraps

The Legislature’s special session ends with a hard-fought agreement over annual meetings.

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The Legislature’s special session came to an end with a budget bill guaranteeing $6 billion to protect schools and an uneasy agreement over annual meetings.

The Legislature wrapped up the session ahead of the Feb. 28 deadline and passed more than 100 of the 215 bills considered through both chambers.

“We passed a broader range of substantial bills creating jobs and helping struggling families than I would have expected a month ago or even two weeks ago,” said House Speaker Dave Hunt, D-Gladstone.

Most of the session’s drama came in the closing days as lawmakers wrangled over an attempt to change the constitution to allow them to meet every year instead of every two years.

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