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May
27th

ROLL CALL: How South Sound lawmakers voted on budgets, workers comp

For the record, here is the sine die edition of roll call, highlighting key votes from the 2011 special session, provided by WashingtonVotes. For a database of legislation, see their website.

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

House Bill 1087, Adopting the state’s Operating Budget for the 2011-13 biennium and 2011 Supplemental Budget
2ESHB 1087, which passed the House by a vote of 54 to 42 and the Senate by a vote of 34 to 13, establishes the state’s operating budget for the 2011-13 biennium and enacts a 2011 supplemental budget. The bill sets the final spending levels for 2009-11 budget at $30.4 billion and authorizes $32.2 billion in spending for 2011-13. The proposal leaves $723 million in reserves. In addition, the new operating budget makes a variety of cuts to social welfare programs, like the state’s Basic Health Plan and suspends voter approved education initiatives. 2ESHB 1087 has been delivered to the Governor for her signature.

HOUSE VOTE
Rep. Jim McCune, (R-Graham) E
Rep. J.T. Wilcox, (R-Yelm) N
Rep. Sam Hunt, (D-Olympia) Y
Rep. Chris Reykdal, (D – Olympia) Y
Rep. Bruce Dammeier, (R-Puyallup) N
Rep. Hans Zeiger, (R-Puyallup) N
Rep. Jan Angel, (R – Port Orchard) E
Rep. Larry Seaquist, (D-Gig Harbor) Y
Rep. Jeannie Darneille, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Laurie Jinkins, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Tami Green, (D-Lakewood) Y
Rep. Troy Kelley, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Steve Kirby, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Connie Ladenburg, (D-Tacoma) Y
Rep. Katrina Asay, (R – Milton) N
Rep. Mark Miloscia, (D-Federal Way) Y
Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, (R-Enumclaw) N
Rep. Christopher Hurst, (D-Enumclaw) Y
Rep. Tina Orwall, (D-Des Moines) Y
Rep. Dave Upthegrove, (D-Des Moines) Y
Rep. Mark Hargrove, (R-Covington) N
Rep. Pat Sullivan, (D-Covington) Y
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April
13th

How your lawmakers voted on taxes, budget

Here is how legislators from South Sound districts voted on the final consideration of budget and tax bills in the final days of the 2010 special session.

Senate Bill 6444: Adopting the 2010 Supplemental Operating Budget, modifying the 2009-11 biennial appropriations for the various agencies and programs of the state.

Passed in the House by a 54 to 43 vote on Monday.
VOTING YES
Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia
Rep. Dawn Morrell, D-Puyallup
Rep. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma
Rep. Dennis Flannigan, D-Tacoma
Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood
Rep. Steve Conway, D-Tacoma
Rep. Steve Kirby, D-Tacoma
Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Normandy Park
Rep. Mark Miloscia, D-Federal Way
Rep. Dave Upthegrove, D-Des Moines
Rep. Pat Sullivan, D-Covington

VOTING NO
Rep. Troy Kelley, D-Tacoma
Rep. Brendan Williams, D-Olympia
Rep. Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor
Rep. Christopher Hurst, D-Enumclaw
Rep. Tom Campbell, R-Roy
Rep. Jim McCune, R-Graham
Rep. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup
Rep. Jan Angel, R – Port Orchard
Rep. Skip Priest, R-Federal Way
Rep. Dan Roach, R-Bonney Lake
Rep. Geoff Simpson, D-Covington

Passed by the Senate Monday on a 25 to 21 vote.

VOTING YES
Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County
Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup
Sen. Debbie Regala, D-Tacoma
Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way
Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent
Sen. Claudia Kauffman, D-Kent
Sen. Rosa Franklin, D-Tacoma

VOTING NO
Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville
Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor
Sen. Michael Carrell, R-Lakewood
Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn

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March
12th

How your lawmaker voted: sine die edition

Here is how South Sound lawmakers voted in the final week of the regular legislative session on selected bills, as compiled by WashingtonVotes.org. Visit their Web site for a searchable database of issues and votes.

Weekly Roll Call Report for the Tacoma News Tribune
Y = Yes, N = No, E = Excused, X = Not Voting

Senate Bill 6381, ESSB 6381 – Supplemental transportation budget for 2009-11
ESSB 6381, which modifies the state’s 2009-11 transportation budget, passed the House by a vote of 78 to 19. The final 2010 supplemental transportation budget reflects an increase in spending from $7.5 billion to $8.5 billion and includes $590 million in new federal funding for high speed rail infrastructure and $35 million for the North Spokane Corridor. The House amended ESSB 6381 to provide a previous property owner with the first right of refusal when the state’s Department of Transportation determines that property acquired through condemnation is no longer needed and being sold as surplus. The Senate concurred with the House amendments by a vote of 37 to 11. ESSB 6381 is now before the Governor for signature.

Rep. Tom Campbell, (R-Roy) Y
Rep. Jim McCune, (R-Graham) Y
Rep. Sam Hunt, (D-Olympia) Y
Rep. Brendan Williams, (D-Olympia) N
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) 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) 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

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March
5th

How your lawmaker voted on cell phone, budget bills

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

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Feb.
19th

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

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
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