Senate vote momentarily derailed over 520 bridge debate

Staff writerMarch 5, 2014 

On Monday, July 15, 2013, workers tow a 520 bridge pontoon from Lake Washington to Harbor Island (Elliot Bay) for dry dock repairs.

WSDOT

Confusion briefly reigned in the state Senate Tuesday night after lawmakers accidentally added language to the transportation budget that would have charged the cities of Seattle and Medina for cost overruns on the State Route 520 floating bridge.

The amendments targeting Seattle and Medina were satirical in nature, and leadership did not mean for them to actually pass, lawmakers said. After senators approved the amendments, Senate leaders and staff had to figure out a way to retract them before they could vote on the final transportation budget, which passed 44-5.

Crosscut's John Stang has a post recounting the all details.

Read Crosscount's recap...

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