The Washington Legislature’s 2023 session ended with a thud April 23 after 11th-hour Democratic revisions to legislation to “fix” a controversial state Supreme Court ruling on drug possession penalties hit a brick wall.

An earlier draft of the fix seemed to have broad support just a day earlier, but the last-minute changes — particularly a clause that would’ve meant state drug possession penalties pre-empted any local ones — evidently went too far.

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