Politics & Government

How they voted in Saturday's special session

Here is a roll-call vote report for South Sound lawmakers during the special session that took place Dec. 11 in Olympia. This summary is courtesy of WashingtonVotes.org and includes votes cast by lawmakers in the 22nd, 20th, 35th, 2nd and 28th legislative districts:

Senate Bill 6892, SSB 6892: Providing a temporary waiver for delinquent taxpayersSSB 6892, which passed the Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and the House by a vote of 93 to 0, provides a temporary waiver on the penalty and interest for certain unpaid taxes due prior to February 1, 2011. This waiver allows the Department of Revenue to waive most penalties and interest related to unpaid state business and occupation tax, state utility tax or state and local sales and use taxes. In order to be eligible for the temporary waiver, a taxpayer must complete a waiver application and file outstanding tax returns or amended tax returns no later than April 18, 2011 and pay all owed taxes by May 1, 2011. The waiver is only available to taxpayers that have never been defendants in a criminal prosecution for prior delinquent taxes or taxpayers that are current on tax compliance. SSB 6892 was signed into law by the Governor. 2 Sen. Randi Becker, (R - Eatonville) Y20 Sen. Dan Swecker, (R-Rochester) Y22 Sen. Karen Fraser, (D-Thurston County) Y28 Sen. Michael Carrell, (R-Lakewood) Y35 Sen. Tim Sheldon, (D-Potlatch) Y

Senate Bill 6892, SSB 6892: Providing a temporary waiver for delinquent taxpayers. 2 Rep. Tom Campbell, (R-Roy) Y2 Rep. Jim McCune, (R-Graham) Y20 Rep. Gary Alexander, (R-Olympia) Y20 Rep. Richard DeBolt, (R-Chehalis) Y22 Rep. Sam Hunt, (D-Olympia) E22 Rep. Brendan Williams, (D-Olympia) Y28 Rep. Tami Green, (D-Lakewood) Y28 Rep. Troy Kelley, (D-Tacoma) Y35 Rep. Fred Finn, (D - Thurston County) Y35 Rep. Kathy Haigh, (D-Shelton) Y

Senate Bill 6893, SSB 6893: Suspends the child support pass-through payment.SSB 6893 suspends the child support pass-through payments to families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits. Families eligible to receive pass-through payments are those families that are at or below 83 percent of the federal poverty level. SSB 6893, which passed the Senate by a vote of 28 to 11 and the House by a vote of 86-7, is estimated to save the state approximately $1.5 million in the current general fund budget and $18.7 million in the 2011 biennium. SSB 6893 was signed into law by the Governor and goes into effect on May 1, 2011. 2 Sen. Randi Becker, (R - Eatonville) Y20 Sen. Dan Swecker, (R-Rochester) Y22 Sen. Karen Fraser, (D-Thurston County) Y28 Sen. Michael Carrell, (R-Lakewood) Y35 Sen. Tim Sheldon, (D-Potlatch) Y

Senate Bill 6893, SSB 6893: Suspends the child support pass-through payment. 2 Rep. Tom Campbell, (R-Roy) Y2 Rep. Jim McCune, (R-Graham) Y20 Rep. Gary Alexander, (R-Olympia) Y20 Rep. Richard DeBolt, (R-Chehalis) Y22 Rep. Sam Hunt, (D-Olympia) E22 Rep. Brendan Williams, (D-Olympia) N28 Rep. Tami Green, (D-Lakewood) Y28 Rep. Troy Kelley, (D-Tacoma) Y35 Rep. Fred Finn, (D - Thurston County) Y35 Rep. Kathy Haigh, (D-Shelton) Y

House Bill 3225, HB 3225: Reducing state spending through a supplemental operating budget for the 2009-11 budget.HB 3225 passed the House by a vote of 86 to 6 and the Senate 30 to 9. HB 3225 reduces total state spending in the 2009-11 biennial budget by $490.4 million. The spending reductions were accomplished by reducing spending across many state agencies and programs. The largest cuts were made to a variety of social service programs for the needy and to basic education system. HB 3225 has been delivered to the Governor for her signature. 2 Rep. Tom Campbell, (R-Roy) Y2 Rep. Jim McCune, (R-Graham) Y20 Rep. Gary Alexander, (R-Olympia) Y20 Rep. Richard DeBolt, (R-Chehalis) Y22 Rep. Sam Hunt, (D-Olympia) E22 Rep. Brendan Williams, (D-Olympia) N28 Rep. Tami Green, (D-Lakewood) Y28 Rep. Troy Kelley, (D-Tacoma) Y35 Rep. Fred Finn, (D - Thurston County) Y35 Rep. Kathy Haigh, (D-Shelton) Y

House Bill 3225, HB 3225: Reducing state spending through a supplemental operating budget for the 2009 – 11 budget. 2 Sen. Randi Becker, (R - Eatonville) Y20 Sen. Dan Swecker, (R-Rochester) Y22 Sen. Karen Fraser, (D-Thurston County) Y28 Sen. Michael Carrell, (R-Lakewood) N35 Sen. Tim Sheldon, (D-Potlatch) Y

WashingtonVotes.org is a free, non-partisan website that provides plain-English explanations of bills and a record of each legislator’s votes. For more information, go to www.WashingtonVotes.org. The vote key is as follows: Y = Yes, N = No, E = Excused, X = Not Voting.

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