Legislators heading home without tackling some major issues

The Seattle TimesMarch 13, 2014 

As legislative sessions go, this was largely a forgettable one.

State lawmakers planned to wrap up their two-month session Thursday night after passing an operating budget that slightly increased state spending. But they were heading home without dealing with a plethora of other major issues.

The discarded pile of bills included compromise measures to incorporate state test scores in teacher evaluations, address oil-transportation safety, increase involuntary commitments for mental-health treatment and reconcile the state’s medical-marijuana system with its new recreational-pot industry, to say nothing of more partisan proposals.

For the first time since 1996, lawmakers could not agree on a construction budget — despite a version of the plan passing 92-4 in the state House.

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