Here is how South Sound lawmakers voted recently on selected bills, as compiled by WashingtonVotes.org. Visit Washington Votes for a searchable database of issues and votes.
House Bill 1267, Clarifies the rights and obligations of domestic partners and the use of paid surrogacy
E2SHB 1267, which passed the Senate by a vote of 27 to 21, would amends the state’s Uniform Parentage Act by expanding the rights and obligations of registered domestic partners. The Senate amended the bill to clarify the time under which a person can challenge or rescind parentage rights and removed provisions that would have allowed paid surrogacy in Washington. The Senate amendments also established new rules for surrogacy contracts, requiring them to include certain requirements that must be met when entering into a contract. Under current state law, surrogacy is allowed, but not for compensation. The House, which previously passed E2SHB 1267, would have allowed for the use of paid surrogacy. The House did not agree with the Senate amendments and has requested a Conference Committee to work on a compromise.
VOTING YES: Sen. Karen Fraser, (D-Thurston County), Sen. Derek Kilmer, (D-Gig Harbor), Sen. Debbie Regala, (D-Tacoma), Sen. Steve Conway, (D-Tacoma), Sen. Tracey Eide, (D-Federal Way), Sen. Karen Keiser, (D-Kent), Sen. Joe Fain, (R – Auburn)
VOTING NO: Sen. Randi Becker, (R – Eatonville), Sen. Jim Kastama, (D-Puyallup), Sen. Michael Carrell, (R-Lakewood), Sen. Pam Roach, (R-Auburn)
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