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How your lawmaker voted this week

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Feb. 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm with No Comments »
February 26, 2010 3:49 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 Other provisions that are being repealed include the requirement to have a two-thirds majority vote to raise taxes by the legislature and the requirement to have a tax advisory vote for any tax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 concurred with the House amendments by a vote of 26 to 21 and was signed into law by the Governor.

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) N
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) N

Senate Bill 6449, ESSB 6449 – Regarding the registration of signature gathers for petitions and initiatives
ESSB 6449 passed the Senate by a vote of 29 to 19 requiring that any businesses engaged in using paid signature gathers in Washington to collect signatures for state or local initiative, referendum or recall petitions, must register with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). This act also would require all individuals that are paid to gather signatures to register with the PDC. The bill does not require volunteer signature gatherers to register. ESSB 6449 is now before the House State Government & Tribal Affairs Committee.

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

House Bill 2397, SHB 2397 – Imposing a distance requirement for signature gathers
SHB 2397 would prohibit signature gatherers for an initiative or referendum petition from being within fifteen feet of the entrance or exit of stand-alone stores or retail stores located in commercial retail complexes. The bill allows a property owner to give permission to signature gatherers, allowing them to be closer than fifteen feet. SHB 2397 passed the House by a vote of 82 to 12. It is now before the Senate Government Operations & Elections Committee 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) Y
Rep. Dawn Morrell, (D-Puyallup) Y
Rep. Jan Angel, (R – Port Orchard) Y
Rep. Larry Seaquist, (D-Gig Harbor) Y
Rep. Jeannie Darneille, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Dennis Flannigan, (D-Tacoma) E
Rep. Tami Green, (D-Lakewood) Y
Rep. Troy Kelley, (D-Tacoma) Y
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) Y
Rep. Christopher Hurst, (D-Enumclaw) E
Rep. Dan Roach, (R-Bonney Lake) Y
Rep. Tina Orwall, (D) Y
Rep. Dave Upthegrove, (D-Des Moines) Y
Rep. Geoff Simpson, (D-Covington) N
Rep. Pat Sullivan, (D-Covington) Y

House Bill 2941, SHB 2941 – Authorizing the use of express toll lanes in the Interstate 405 corridor
SHB 2941, which passed the House by a vote of 56 to 40, would allow the state to impose the use of tolls for the construction and operation of express toll lanes on Interstate 405 between Interstate 5 and Bellevue. This act would also allow the Washington State Transportation Commission to set toll rates for vehicles with less than three passengers that use the express toll lanes. SHB 2941 will now be referred to 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) 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) Y
Rep. Skip Priest, (R-Federal Way) N
Rep. Christopher Hurst, (D-Enumclaw) E
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

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