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Lawmakers hit the ground running

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OLYMPIA — Washington’s Legislature began its latest session Monday much the way the last one ended — with little agreement on how to proceed on several policy issues.

In a rare opening day vote, House lawmakers approved a bill that would expand state financial aid to students who are living in the country illegally. It was swiftly swatted down by leaders in the Senate, however, who also didn’t give the bill a vote a year ago.

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