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Legislators vote – but sometimes not

Post by Cheryl Tucker on April 29, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
April 29, 2009 3:15 pm released its annual Missed Votes Report today, and the Pierce County delegation looks pretty good.

The Perfect Attendance Award for always showing up to vote is shared by Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor; Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard; Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood; Rep. Troy Kelley, D-Tacoma; Rep. Jim McCune, R-Graham; Rep. Dawn Morrell, D-Puyallup; Rep. Skip Priest, R-Federal Way. None of them missed a single vote (out of 847 in the Senate and 887 in the House). That’s impressive.

On the other hand, Rep. Dennis Flannigan, D-Tacoma, had by far the highest number of missed votes in the House: 164. Legislators were given the opportunity to explain their reasons for not voting. Here’s what he said:

“I’ve missed several votes, even days in this legislative session. My (wife) has been, and continues to have difficult health problems."

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