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Tag: Washington State Legislature


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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Lottery tickets for college?

People who buy a lottery ticket may assume that their money is going to education. The truth is more complicated. There are a bunch of destinations for that $1 ticket, and legislators last year made it more complicated by redirecting lottery proceeds to the general fund.

Now state Sen. Jim Kastama wants to earmark almost all lottery money for state colleges and universities.

Senate Bill 6409, which had a public hearing today in front of the Senate higher education committee, would send most lottery money to a new “investment in excellence account” that would fund higher education: things like

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Track your lawmaker on Washington Votes

For the upcoming Legislative session, we plan to run the weekly “roll call” of how local lawmakers voted on key bills. We’re also going to start running a longer version in Political Buzz.

Those with an appetite for more should check out the source of our roll call votes – Washington Votes, a service of the independent, non-partisan Washington Policy Center that lets you track legislation and your legislator.

The site lets you search by bill number or keyword for a particular piece of legislation. You can also scrutinize your lawmaker’s voting record, including bills sponsorships and

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