Following is a list of how area lawmakers voted on bills last week.
Y = Yes; N = No; E = Excused; X = Not voting
Senate Bill 6130, ESSB 6130 (repealing I-960)
ESSB 6130, which was passed by the House by a vote of 51-47, 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 Other provisions that are being repealed include the requirement to have a two-thirds majority vote to raise taxes by the Legislature and the requirement to have a tax advisory vote for any tax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 approved ESSB 6130 by a vote of 26-22, will now reconsider the bill as amended by the House.
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Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Roy): N
Rep. Jim McCune (R-Graham): N
Rep. Gary Alexander (R-Olympia): N
Rep. Richard DeBolt (R-Chehalis): N
Rep. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia): Y
Rep. Brendan Williams (D-Olympia): Y
Rep. Tami Green (D-Lakewood): Y
Rep. Troy Kelley (D-Tacoma): N
Rep. Fred Finn (D): N
Rep. Kathy Haigh (D-Shelton): Y
House Bill 3179, ESHB 3179 (allowing cities to increase sales and use tax for public safety)
ESHB 3179, which was passed by the House by a vote of 51-47, allows a city to impose sales and use tax at a rate not to exceed 0.1 percent for the purpose of public safety. To impose the sales and use tax, a city must receive voter approval. ESHB 3179 clarifies that the brokered natural-gas-use tax shall be imposed at the location where the gas is consumed or stored by the customer and also allows local gambling revenue to be used for general public safety programs. ESHB 3179 now is before the Senate for further consideration.
House Bill 1572, 2SHB 1572 (mandating all elections in the state be conducted by mail)
2SHB 1572 would require that all counties conduct elections by mail. In addition, 2SHB 1572 changes precinct sizes to limit them to no more than 2,000 active registered voters by 2012 and allows appointment of two precinct committee officers when there are more than 2,000 active registered voters. 2SHB 1572 was passed by the House by a vote of 57-41 and is before the Senate Committee on Government Operations Elections.
Green : Y
Senate Bill 6562, E2SSB 6562 (tuition-setting authority at institutions of higher education)
E2SSB 6562 was passed by the Senate 29-19, giving the governing boards for the University of Washington, Washington State and Western Washington the authority to set tuition and fees for resident undergraduate students. E2SSB states that the governing boards may not exceed 14 percent in any one-year increase or the average annual compounded rate of increase may not exceed 9 percent per year over 15 years, whichever is less. E2SSB, which also requires adoption of performance agreements to coincide with the tuition increases, is before the House Education Committee for further consideration.
Sen. Randi Becker, (R-Eatonville): Y
Sen. Dan Swecker, (R-Rochester): Y
Sen. Karen Fraser (D-Thurston County): Y
Sen. Michael Carrell (R-Lakewood): N
Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-Potlatch): N
Senate Bill 6754, ESB 6754 (making information collected about initiative or referendum petitions public record)
ESB 6754 would make available as public records the names, addresses and signatures of people who sign a petition for initiatives or referendums. This means they would be available to be inspected or copied by others after being submitted to the secretary of state. ESB 6754 also requires petitions to contain the following warning: “Signature petitions are public documents. By signing this document, your name, address, and signature may be released as part of a public records request.” ESB 6754 passed the Senate by a vote of 28-20 and now is before the House for further consideration.