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By Alexandria Osborne
Washington State Journal 

Legislature adjourns sine die

Lawmakers could be called back to session


Last updated 4/25/2023 at 8:35am

OLYMPIA – The Legislature adjourned April 23 after failing to approve a controversial bill setting drug possession penalties, raising the possibility of a special session in the coming weeks to resolve the issue.

Drug possession became a misdemeanor two years ago when the state Supreme Court invalidated the law that made drug possession a felony.

Hurried legislation made the crime a misdemeanor, but many thought that charge was too light.

The Legislature debated Senate Bill 5536, which would have stiffened current penalties. But it failed to pass.

“S.B. 5536 was supposed to be a ‘...

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