Political Buzz

Talking WA politics.

NOTICE: Political Buzz has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Political Buzz.
Visit the new section.

Tag: Rollcall

April
22nd

Rollcall: How your lawmakers voted on medical pot, health partnership, canceling primary

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

Senate Bill 5119, Canceling the 2012 Presidential Primary
SB 5119, which passed the Senate by a vote of 34 to 15, would cancel the Presidential Primary scheduled to be held on the fourth Tuesday of May in 2012. Canceling the Presidential Primary would save the state an estimated cost of about $10 million. This would not be the first time the state canceled a Presidential Primary, in 2004 it was also canceled. This provision expires January 1, 2013. SB 5119 also passed the House by a vote of 69 to 28 and is now before the governor for her signature.

Voting Yes: Sen. Randi Becker, (R – Eatonville), 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)
Voting No: Sen. Jim Kastama, (D-Puyallup), Sen. Michael Carrell, (R-Lakewood), Sen. Pam Roach, (R-Auburn), Sen. Joe Fain, (R – Auburn)
Read more »

Feb.
26th

How your lawmaker voted this week

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 Other provisions that are being repealed include the requirement to have a two-thirds majority vote to raise taxes by the legislature and the requirement to have a tax advisory vote for any tax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

Read more »

Jan.
22nd

Rollcall: How your lawmakers voted

Here’s the first in our weekly rollcall reports showing how South Sound lawmakers voted on key issues. The report is provided courtesy of WashingtonVotes.org. Check out their Web site for a searchable database of votes by issue and by lawmaker.

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

House Bill 2921, EHB 2921 – Early Savings, 2010 supplemental changes to the Operating Budget
EHB 2921 reduces to the states spending in the 2009-2010 Operating Budget by about $45 million over the next year. The savings are made by reducing support to various state agencies and programs that receive funding through the Operating Budget. EHB 2921 passed the House by a vote of 77 to 19 and will now be before the Senate for further consideration.

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

Read more »