Politics & Government

Roll call for March 6

Y = yes; N = no; E = excused; X = not voting

Senate Bill 6444, ESSB 6444

(2010 operating supplemental budget)

What: Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6444, which passed the Senate by a vote of 25-19, would modify the state’s operating budget. The Senate’s supplemental budget proposal is aimed at closing a $2.8 billion budget gap by reducing spending by about $829 million. ESSB 6444 also incorporates the use of about $582 million of approved or expected additional federal relief to the state and transfers $501 million from other funds to the state general fund. In addition, ESSB 6444 assumes collections in new revenues of $918 million from increased taxes.

Where it stands: ESSB 6444 is before the House for further consideration.

Sen. Randi Becker (R): N

Sen. Dan Swecker (R-Rochester): E

Sen. Karen Fraser (D-Thurston County): Y

Sen. Michael Carrell (R-Lakewood): N

Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-Potlatch): N

Senate Bill 6381, ESSB 6381 (Supplemental transportation appropriations for 2009-11)

What: ESSB 6381 would modify the state’s 2009-11 transportation budget appropriations. The Senate’s 2010 supplemental transportation budget reflects $590 million in new federal funding for high-speed-rail infrastructure and $35 million for the North Spokane Corridor. In addition, ESSB 6381 would make other adjustments to cover increased costs for fuel for programs such as the state ferry system and would provide additional funding to the Washington State Patrol for recruitment.

Where it stands: ESSB 6381, which passed the Senate by a vote of 41-3, is before the House for further consideration.

Sen. Randi Becker (R): Y

Sen. Dan Swecker (R-Rochester): E

Sen. Karen Fraser (D-Thurston County): Y

Sen. Michael Carrell (R-Lakewood): N

Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-Potlatch): Y

Senate Bill 6345, ESSB 6345

(Use of wireless communications while driving)

What: ESSB 6345 passed the House by a vote of 86-12. The House amended the bill, making it a secondary offense for drivers older than 18 to talk on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. The bill, as previously passed by the Senate by a vote of 33-15, would have made it a primary offense for any driver using a hand-held cell phone while driving. ESSB 6345 as passed by the House retained a prohibition on people with an instructional permit or intermediate license from using cell phones, as well as hands-free devices, while operating a vehicle.

Where it stands: ESSB 6345 will be returned to the Senate for concurrence with the House amendment.

Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Roy): Y

Rep. Jim McCune (R-Graham): Y

Rep. Gary Alexander (R-Olympia): Y

Rep. Richard DeBolt (R-Chehalis): Y

Rep. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia): N

Rep. Brendan Williams (D-Olympia): Y

Rep. Tami Green (D-Lakewood): N

Rep. Troy Kelley (D-Tacoma): Y

Rep. Fred Finn (D): Y

Rep. Kathy Haigh (D-Shelton): Y

Senate Bill 6214, ESSB 6214

(Merging three growth-management hearings boards)

What: ESSB 6214 would consolidate the powers, duties and functions of the three regional growth-management hearings boards into a single board. ESSB 6214 would reduce the number of members on the board from nine to seven and stipulate that the members must be appointed by the governor for six-year terms, with six members from three specified regions of the state. The House amended ESSB 6214 by a vote of 68-28, modifying the qualification provisions related to a member’s eligibility to serve on the board.

Where it stands: ESSB 6214 will be returned to the Senate for concurrence with the House amendment.

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): Y

Rep. Fred Finn (D): Y

Rep. Kathy Haigh (D-Shelton): Y

Senate Bill 6392, ESSB 6392

(Use of revenue from tolls in the State Route 520 corridor)

What: ESSB 6392, which previously passed the Senate by a vote of 44-3, would allow bond proceeds, backed by revenue generated from tolls on the State Route 520 corridor, to be used for any project within the State Route 520 bridge replacement and high-occupancy-vehicle program. They include projects beyond the replacement floating bridge. The bill also required that $200 million of the bond proceeds be spent only on the floating bridge and the west side of the corridor, among other things. The House amended ESSB by a vote of 78-19, expanding the use of the bond revenues to include projects that would improve the operation of the 520 corridor, including transit and HOV projects.

Where it stands: ESSB 6392 will be returned to the Senate for concurrence with the House amendment.

Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Roy): Y

Rep. Jim McCune (R-Graham): Y

Rep. Gary Alexander (R-Olympia): Y

Rep. Richard DeBolt (R-Chehalis): Y

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): Y

Rep. Kathy Haigh (D-Shelton): Y

SOURCE: WashingtonVotes.org

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