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How lawmakers voted on I-960 suspension, vote-by-mail, tuition hikes

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Feb. 19, 2010 at 1:54 pm with No Comments »
February 19, 2010 3:33 pm

Here is how South Sound lawmakers voted recently on selected bills, as compiled by WashingtonVotes.org. Visit their Web site for a searchable database of issues and votes.

Y = Yes, N = No, E = Excused, X = Not Voting

Senate Bill 6130, ESSB 6130 – Suspending provisions of voter approved I-960
ESSB 6130, which passed the House by a vote of 51 to 47, would temporarily repeal provisions of the voter approved initiative 960 until after July 1, 2011. The House amended ESSB 6130, restoring public notification requirements and cost projections when a tax increase is proposed in the legislature. Other provisions that are being repealed include the requirement to have a two-thirds majority vote to raise taxes by the legislature and the requirement to have a tax advisory vote for any tax increase not referred to voters or otherwise blocked from public vote. The Senate, which previously passed ESSB 6130 by a vote of 26 to 22, will now reconsider the bill as amended by the House.

Rep. Tom Campbell, (R-Roy) N
Rep. Jim McCune, (R-Graham) N
Rep. Sam Hunt, (D-Olympia) Y
Rep. Brendan Williams, (D-Olympia) Y
Rep. Bruce Dammeier, (R) N
Rep. Dawn Morrell, (D-Puyallup) N
Rep. Jan Angel, (R – Port Orchard) N
Rep. Larry Seaquist, (D-Gig Harbor) N
Rep. Jeannie Darneille, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Dennis Flannigan, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Tami Green, (D-Lakewood) Y
Rep. Troy Kelley, (D-Tacoma) N
Rep. Steve Conway, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Steve Kirby, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Mark Miloscia, (D-Federal Way) N
Rep. Skip Priest, (R-Federal Way) N
Rep. Christopher Hurst, (D-Enumclaw) N
Rep. Dan Roach, (R-Bonney Lake) N
Rep. Tina Orwall, (D) Y
Rep. Dave Upthegrove, (D-Des Moines) Y
Rep. Geoff Simpson, (D-Covington) Y
Rep. Pat Sullivan, (D-Covington) Y

House Bill 2912, ESHB 2912 – Modifying the use of hotel-motel excise taxes collected in King County
ESHB 2912 would require the hotel-motel tax in King County to be deposited into dedicated accounts once the obligations for current stadium debts are paid. The bill specifies that the dedicated accounts will be used to fund arts and heritage programs, affordable housing, public health services and human services provided by nonprofit organizations. ESHB 2912 also stipulates that none of the tax shall be used to fund colligate stadiums, but does allow the funding to be used for youth and amateur sports facilities, regional centers, performing arts centers, and community development. ESHB 2912 passed the House by a vote of 53 to 45 and is now before the Senate Ways & Means Committee.

Rep. Tom Campbell, (R-Roy) N
Rep. Jim McCune, (R-Graham) N
Rep. Sam Hunt, (D-Olympia) Y
Rep. Brendan Williams, (D-Olympia) Y
Rep. Bruce Dammeier, (R-Puyallup, N
Rep. Dawn Morrell, (D-Puyallup) Y
Rep. Jan Angel, (R – Port Orchard) N
Rep. Larry Seaquist, (D-Gig Harbor) Y
Rep. Jeannie Darneille, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Dennis Flannigan, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Tami Green, (D-Lakewood) N
Rep. Troy Kelley, (D-Tacoma) N
Rep. Steve Conway, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Steve Kirby, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Mark Miloscia, (D-Federal Way) Y
Rep. Skip Priest, (R-Federal Way) Y
Rep. Christopher Hurst, (D-Enumclaw) N
Rep. Dan Roach, (R-Bonney Lake) N
Rep. Tina Orwall, (D) Y
Rep. Dave Upthegrove, (D-Des Moines) Y
Rep. Geoff Simpson, (D-Covington) Y
Rep. Pat Sullivan, (D-Covington) Y


Senate Bill 6051, ESSB 6051
– Removes the expiration date to heritage and arts funding
ESSB 6051 passed the Senate by a vote of 28 to 19 extending the expiration date related to heritage and arts program funding from the hotel-motel tax in King County. The bill also requires that beginning in 2021, 37.5% of the hotel-motel tax collected in King County shall be dedicated to arts and heritage programs and clarifies that Yakima County can continue to collect the hotel-motel tax until 2035. ESSB 6051 is now scheduled for public hearing before the House Finance Committee.

Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville N
Sen. Karen Fraser, (D-Thurston County) Y
Sen. Jim Kastama, (D-Puyallup) N
Sen. Derek Kilmer, (D-Gig Harbor) Y
Sen. Debbie Regala, D-Tacoma, Y
Sen. Michael Carrell, (R-Lakewood) N
Sen. Rosa Franklin, (D-Tacoma) Y
Sen. Tracey Eide, (D-Federal Way) Y
Sen. Pam Roach, (R-Auburn) N
Sen. Karen Keiser, (D-Kent)Y
Sen. Claudia Kauffman, (D-Kent) Y

House Bill 3179, ESHB 3179 – Allowing a city to increase sales and use tax for public safety
ESHB 3179, which passed the House by a vote of 51 to 47, allows a city to impose sales and use tax at a rate not to exceed 0.1 percent for the purpose of public safety. In order to impose the sales and use tax a city must first receive voter approval. The bill also allows a city with a population over 200,000 and located in a county with a population over 800,000 to impose the mental health/chemical dependency sales and use tax. ESHB 3179 clarifies that the brokered natural gas use tax shall be imposed at the location where the gas is consumed or stored by the customer and also allows local gambling revenue to be used for general public safety programs. ESHB 3179 is now before the Senate for further consideration.

Rep. Tom Campbell, (R-Roy) N
Rep. Jim McCune, (R-Graham) N
Rep. Sam Hunt, (D-Olympia) Y
Rep. Brendan Williams, (D-Olympia) Y
Rep. Bruce Dammeier, (R-Puyallup) N
Rep. Dawn Morrell, (D-Puyallup) Y
Rep. Jan Angel, (R – Port Orchard) N
Rep. Larry Seaquist, (D-Gig Harbor) Y
Rep. Jeannie Darneille, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Dennis Flannigan, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Tami Green, (D-Lakewood) N
Rep. Troy Kelley, (D-Tacoma) N
Rep. Steve Conway, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Steve Kirby, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Mark Miloscia, (D-Federal Way) N
Rep. Skip Priest, (R-Federal Way)N
Rep. Christopher Hurst, (D-Enumclaw) N
Rep. Dan Roach, (R-Bonney Lake) N
Rep. Tina Orwall, (D) Y
Rep. Dave Upthegrove, (D-Des Moines) Y
Rep. Geoff Simpson, (D-Covington) Y
Rep. Pat Sullivan, (D-Covington) Y

House Bill 1572, 2SHB 1572 – Mandating all elections in the state be conducted by mail
2SHB 1572 would require that all counties in the state conduct elections by mail. (Currently only Pierce County has poll voting). In addition, 2SHB 1572 changes precinct sizes to limit to no more than 2,000 active registered voters by effective 2012 and allows appointment of two precinct committee officers there is more than 2,000 active registered voters. 2SHB 1572 passed the House by a vote of 57 to 41 and is now before the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections.

Rep. Tom Campbell, (R-Roy) N
Rep. Jim McCune, (R-Graham) N
Rep. Sam Hunt, (D-Olympia) Y
Rep. Brendan Williams, (D-Olympia) Y
Rep. Bruce Dammeier, (R-Puyallup) N
Rep. Dawn Morrell, (D-Puyallup) Y
Rep. Jan Angel, (R – Port Orchard) N
Rep. Larry Seaquist, (D-Gig Harbor) Y
Rep. Jeannie Darneille, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Dennis Flannigan, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Tami Green, (D-Lakewood) Y
Rep. Troy Kelley, (D-Tacoma) N
Rep. Steve Conway, (D-Tacoma) N
Rep. Steve Kirby, (D-Tacoma) N
Rep. Mark Miloscia, (D-Federal Way) Y
Rep. Skip Priest, (R-Federal Way) N
Rep. Christopher Hurst, (D-Enumclaw) Y
Rep. Dan Roach, (R-Bonney Lake) N
Rep. Tina Orwall, (D) Y
Rep. Dave Upthegrove, (D-Des Moines) Y
Rep. Geoff Simpson, (D-Covington) Y
Rep. Pat Sullivan, (D-Covington) Y

Senate Bill 6562, E2SSB 6562 – Tuition setting authority at institutions of higher education
E2SSB 6562 passed the Senate 29 to 19 giving the governing boards for the University of Washington, Washington State and Western Washington the authority to set tuition and fees for resident undergraduate students. This act does not apply to technical and community colleges, or to the other four-year higher education institutions in the state. E2SSB does state that the governing boards may not exceed 14 percent in any one year increase or the average annual compounded rate of increase may not exceed 9 percent per year over 15 years, whichever is less. E2SSB, which also requires adoption of performance agreements to coincide with the tuition increases, is now before the House Education Committee for further consideration.

Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, Y
Sen. Karen Fraser, (D-Thurston County) Y
Sen. Jim Kastama, (D-Puyallup) N
Sen. Derek Kilmer, (D-Gig Harbor) Y
Sen. Debbie Regala, D-Tacoma, Y
Sen. Michael Carrell, (R-Lakewood) N
Sen. Rosa Franklin, (D-Tacoma) N
Sen. Tracey Eide, (D-Federal Way) N
Sen. Pam Roach, (R-Auburn) N
Sen. Karen Keiser, (D-Kent) Y
Sen. Claudia Kauffman, (D-Kent) N

Senate Bill 6754, ESB 6754 – To make information collected on initiative or referendum petitions public records
ESB 6754 would make available as public records the names, addresses, and signatures of persons who sign a petition for initiatives or referendums. This means they would be available to be inspected or copied by other individuals after being submitted to the Secretary of State. ESB 6754 also requires petitions to contain the following warning: “Signature petitions are public documents. By signing this document, your name, address, and signature may be released as part of a public records request.” ESB 6754 passed the Senate by a vote of 28 to 20 and is now before the House for further consideration.

Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, N
Sen. Karen Fraser, (D-Thurston County) Y
Sen. Jim Kastama, (D-Puyallup) Y
Sen. Derek Kilmer, (D-Gig Harbor) Y
Sen. Debbie Regala, D-Tacoma, Y
Sen. Michael Carrell, (R-Lakewood) N
Sen. Rosa Franklin, (D-Tacoma) Y
Sen. Tracey Eide, (D-Federal Way) Y
Sen. Pam Roach, (R-Auburn) N
Sen. Karen Keiser, (D-Kent) Y
Sen. Claudia Kauffman, (D-Kent) Y

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