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How your lawmaker voted on cell phone, budget bills

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on March 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm | No Comments »
March 5, 2010 2:11 pm

Here is how South Sound lawmakers voted this week 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 6444, ESSB 6444 –2010 operating supplemental budget
ESSB 6444, which passed the Senate by a vote of 25 to 19, would make modifications to the state’s operating budget. The Senate’s supplemental budget proposal attempts to close a $2.8 billion budget gap by reducing spending by approximately $829 million. ESSB 6444 also incorporates the use of about $582 million of approved or anticipated additional federal relief to the state and transfers $501 million from other funds to the state general fund. In addition, the ESSB 6444 assumes collections in new revenues of $918 million from increased taxes. ESSB 6444 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) N
Sen. Debbie Regala (D-Tacoma) Y
Sen. Michael Carrell, (R-Lakewood) N
Sen. Rosa Franklin, (D-Tacoma) N
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

Senate Bill 6381, ESSB 6381 – Supplemental transportation appropriations for 2009-11
ESSB 6381 modifies the state’s 2009-11 transportation budget appropriations. The Senate’s 2010 supplemental transportation budget reflects $590 million in new federal funding for high speed rail infrastructure and $35 million for the North Spokane Corridor. In addition, ESSB 6381 makes other adjustments to cover increase costs for fuel for programs such as the state ferry system and provides additional funding to the Washington State Patrol for recruitment. ESSB 6381, which passed the Senate by a vote of 41 to 3, is now before the House for further consideration.

Sen. Randi Becker, (R-Eatonville) Y
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) Y
Sen. Karen Keiser, (D-Kent) Y
Sen. Claudia Kauffman, (D-Kent) Y

Senate Bill 6345, ESSB 6345 – Use of wireless communications while driving
ESSB 6345 passed the House by a vote of 86 to 12. The House amended the bill making it a secondary offence for drivers over the age of 18 to talk on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. The bill as previously passed by the Senate, by a vote of 33 to 15, would have made it a primary offense for any driver using a hand held cell phone while driving. Currently under state law, the use of a hand-held cell phone is a secondary offense. ESSB 6345 as passed by the House retained a prohibition on persons with an instructional permit or intermediate license from using cell phones, including the use of hands-free devices, while operating a vehicle. ESSB 6345 will be returned to the Senate for concurrence with the House amendment.

Rep. Tom Campbell, (R-Roy) Y
Rep. Jim McCune, (R-Graham) Y
Rep. Sam Hunt, (D-Olympia) N
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) Y
Rep. Tami Green, (D-Lakewood) N
Rep. Troy Kelley, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Steve Conway, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Steve Kirby, (D-Tacoma) N
Rep. Mark Miloscia, (D-Federal Way) Y
Rep. Skip Priest, (R-Federal Way) Y
Rep. Christopher Hurst, (D-Enumclaw) Y
Rep. Dan Roach, (R-Bonney Lake) Y
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 6214, ESSB 6214 – Restructuring three Growth Management Hearings Boards into one
ESSB 6214 would consolidate the powers, duties, and functions of the three regional Growth Management Hearings Boards into a single board. ESSB 6214 reduces the number of members on the board from a total of nine to seven and stipulates that the members must be appointed by the Governor for six-year terms, with six members from three specified regions of the state. The House amended ESSB 6214, by a vote of 68 to 28, modifying the qualification provisions related to a member’s eligibility to serve on the board. ESSB 6214 will be returned to the Senate for concurrence with the House amendment.

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) 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) Y
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) 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

House Bill 3141, E2SHB 3141 – Studying the delivery of temporary assistance to needy families
E2SHB 3141, which passed the Senate by a vote of 27 to 20, creates a working group to develop a proposal for the Legislature to redesign the state’s use of the temporary assistance to needy families (TANF) funding in a manner that makes optimum use of all funds available to promote more families moving out of poverty to sustainable self-sufficiency. The bill requires the report to be prepared by December 1, 2010. In addition E2SHB 3141 established a 12-month authorization period for child care assistance under the Working Connections Child Care program for families with children enrolled in the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, Head Start or Early Head Start. The Senate, which amended E2SHB 3141 by a vote of 27 to 20, reduced the 12-month authorization for child care assistance to 6 months.

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) 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) Y

Senate Bill 6267, E2SSB 6267 – Water right processing improvements
E2SSB 6267, which previously passed the Senate by a vote of 46 to 2, modifies the Department of Ecology’s water right cost-reimbursement agreement program. The cost-reimbursement program was previously adopted by the Legislature as a way to allow Ecology to receive reimbursement on large projects that took away from other tasks. Under E2SSB 6267 the certain applicants would be exempt from paying the cost-reimbursement payments because their application does not transfer, modify or diminish the water availability of other pending applicants. The House amended E2SSB 6267, which passed by a vote of 51 to 47, with technical changes to the cost-reimbursement program and use of pre-qualified consultants. E2SSB 6267, which also requires Ecology to provide notifications of a cost-reimbursement review, will be before the Senate for concurrence with the House amendments.

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) N
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) N
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) 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 6392, ESSB 6392 – Use of revenue from tolling the SR 520 corridor
ESSB 6392, which previously passed the Senate by a vote of 44 to 3, would allow bond proceeds, backed by revenue generated from tolls on the SR 520 corridor to be used for any project within the SR 520 bridge replacement and HOV program, including projects beyond just the replacement floating bridge. The bill also required that $200 million of the bond proceeds be spent only on the floating bridge and the west side of the corridor, among other things. The House amended ESSB by a vote of 78 to 19, expanding the use of the bond revenues to include projects that would improve the operation of the 520 corridor, including transit and HOV projects. ESSB 6392 will now be returned to the Senate for concurrence with the House amendment.

Rep. Tom Campbell, (R-Roy) Y
Rep. Jim McCune, (R-Graham) Y
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) 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

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