Politics & Government

Roll call for March 21

Following is the weekly roll call report detailing votes by lawmakers.

Senate Bill 5899, ESSB 5899 (providing a tax credit for new employment positions)

What: ESSB 5899, which passed the Senate by a 44-0 vote, would provide a credit against the state’s business-and-occupation tax for businesses with 20 or fewer employees that create a new position for which a health care plan is offered. The amount of the credit earned by the business would depend on the amount paid to the employee. The bill would place an annual cap on the credit at $10 million and prohibit the Department of Revenue from accepting applications after June 30, 2012.

Status: Before the House.

Voting yes

Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville

Sen. Dan Swecker, R-Rochester

Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County

Sen. Michael Carrell, R-Lakewood

Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch

Senate Bill 6444, ESSB 6444 (2010 operating supplemental budget)

What: ESSB 6444, which passed the Senate by a 25-19 vote, 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 would incorporate the use of about $582 million of approved or expected additional federal relief to the state and transfer $501 million from other funds to the state general fund. In addition, ESSB 6444 would assume collection of new revenues of $918 million from increased taxes.

Status: Before the House.

Voting yes


Voting no

Becker, Swecker, Carrell, Sheldon

Senate Bill 6503, ESSB 6503 (closing agencies on specific dates to save money)

What: ESSB 6503 passed the Senate by a 30-11 vote; it would direct state agencies to cut worker-compensation costs through mandatory and voluntary furloughs, leave without pay, reduced work hours, voluntary retirements and separations, and layoffs. The bill would require state agencies to submit and receive approval of their plans by June 1. Those that failed to do so would be directed to close on certain dates instead. The bill provides exemptions for specific agencies, such as the Washington State Patrol, the University of Washington Medical Center and the School for the Blind. In addition, employees earning less than $30,000 per year would be allowed to use annual leave or shared leave in lieu of temporary layoffs during agency closures.

Status: Has been passed to the House.

Voting no

Swecker, Fraser, Sheldon


Becker, Carrell

House Bill 2561, EHB 2561 (creating the Jobs Act through public facility construction projects)

What: EHB 2561, which passed the House by a 54-39 vote, would authorize the state to issue $861 million in general-obligation bonds. The bonds would be used to invest in capital-improvement projects involving public schools, state colleges and universities, and other public facilities to stimulate job growth. The bonds would be repaid through promised energy-related cost savings that result from the improvement projects.

Status: Before the Senate.

Voting yes

Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia

Rep. Brendan Williams, D-Olympia

Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood

Rep. Fred Finn, D-Thurston County

Rep. Kathy Haigh, D-Shelton

Voting no

Rep. Tom Campbell, R-Roy

Rep. Jim McCune, R-Graham

Rep. Gary Alexander, R-Olympia

Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis


Rep. Troy Kelley, D-Tacoma

House Bill 2416, SHB 2416 (establishing energy-efficiency standards for products)

What: SHB 2416, which passed the House by a 59-35 vote, would establish a minimum efficiency standard for certain consumer products, such as televisions, compact audio products, some external power supplies, and DVD players and recorders. SHB 2416 stipulates that products not meeting the new standard couldn’t be installed after June 30, 2012.

Status: Before the Senate.

Voting yes

Hunt, Williams, Green, Finn, Haigh

Voting no

Campbell, McCune, Alexander, DeBolt