House Bill 1087
Making 2009-11 and 2011-13 operating budget appropriations
ESHB 1087, which passed the House by a 53-43 vote , sets appropriations for the 2011-13 biennium at $32.4 billion. The total budget, including dedicated and federal funds, is $62.2 billion. ESHB 1087 also reduces the 2009-11 budget appropriation by $93 million and assumes $300 million in onetime revenues from the leasing of the state’s liquor distribution center. The Operating Budget funds various operations of state government, agencies and institutions, as well as K-12 public schools. ESHB 1087 is now before the Senate for further consideration.
Voting yes: Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia; Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Olympia; Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood; Rep. Troy Kelley, D-Tacoma; Rep. Fred Finn, D-Thurston County; Rep. Kathy Haigh, D-Shelton.
Voting no: Rep. Jim McCune, R-Graham; Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm; Rep. Gary Alexander, R-Olympia; Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis.
House Bill 1382
Approving tolls on Interstate 405
EHB 1382, which passed the Senate by a 36-13 vote , directs the Department of Transportation to develop and operate express toll lanes on Interstate 405. The tolls would be between the city of Bellevue at Sixth Street on the south end, and the intersection of I-405 and Interstate 5 on the north end. This act also directs the department to conduct an evaluation of the project to determine the impacts on the movement of vehicles and people through the Interstate 405 and SR 167 corridors. The House, which previously passed EHB 1382 by a vote of 52 to 46, must now reconsider the Senate’s amendments.
Voting yes: Sen. Dan Swecker, R-Rochester; Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County.
Voting no: Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville; Sen. Michael Carrell, R-Lakewood; Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch.
House Bill 1560
Expands the health insurance partnership
ESHB 1560, which passed the Senate by a 31-18 vote , would expand the Health Insurance Partnership by eliminating provisions that limited the eligibility of certain small businesses to enroll in the program. The Senate amended eligibility requirements to clarify that eligible employers must not have offered insurance for at least six previous months. The Senate also retained the requirement that employers have at least 50 percent of their employees as low-wage workers. Previously, the House passed ESHB 1560, removing the low-wage worker requirements and other provisions that placed limits on an employee’s choice of coverage. The House, which previously passed the bill 56 to 41, must now consider the Senate amendments.
Voting yes: Becker, Fraser.
Voting no: Swecker, Carrell, Sheldon .
Senate Bill 5427
Providing for assessment in full-day kindergarten
E2SSB 5427, which previously passed the Senate by a 31-15 vote , would have mandated the use of a kindergarten assessment program for students in statefunded full-day kindergarten classrooms. The program would work to identify the skills, knowledge and characteristics of kindergarten students at the beginning of the school year in order to determine kindergarten readiness. The House passed E2SSB 5427 by a 57-39 vote , amending the bill to remove the requirement to coordinate with the University of Washington and require the use of The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills process instead of the kindergarten process approved by the Senate. E2SSB 5427 will now be before the Senate for further consideration of the House amendments.
Voting yes: Hunt, Reykdal, Green, Kelley, Finn, Haigh .
Voting no: McCune, Wilcox, Alexander, DeBolt .