Recent votes of local legislators


Weekly Roll Call Report

SB 6239, regarding same-sex marriage, has been delivered to the Governor for signature, expected on Valentine's Day. Also, the cutoff for a bill to be passed out of its house of origin is next Tuesday, February 14, 2012.

Y = Yes, N = No, E = Excused, X = Not Voting

Senate Bill 6239, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6239, redefining marriage to allow same-gender civil marriages, passed 55-43 in the House on February 8, 2012.

This bill redefines marriage as a union between two persons, and prohibits discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation. This bill requires the secretary of state to notify certain same sex domestic partners that the state law on the rights and responsibilities of state registered domestic partners will change in relation to certain same-sex registered domestic partners. Participation in such marriage ceremonies and related transactions is discretionary for public and private universities and religious-based organizations, and exempts individuals associated with same from civil liability. This bill was signed by the President of the Senate and delivered to the Governor on February 9, 2012.

16 Rep. Terry Nealey, (R - Dayton) N

16 Rep. Maureen Walsh, (R-Walla Walla) Y

Senate Bill 5730, Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5730, concerning usage-based automobile insurance, passed 35-12 in the Senate on February 9, 2012.

This bill defines usage-based insurance as private passenger automobile coverage that uses data gathered by an insurer through a recording device to determine rates or premiums. Current provisions regarding the filing of insurance rates open to public inspection are amended. The usage-based insurance component of the rate filing is confidential and must be withheld from public inspection. This bill will now be delivered to the House and referred to a policy committee for the purpose of a public hearing.

Senate Bill 5984, Substitute Senate Bill 5984, concerning local government financial soundness, passed 32-14 in the Senate on February 9, 2012.

This bill requires a financial feasibility study prior to (1) the formation of any public facilities district, (2) the issuance of any indebtedness by any public facilities district, or (3) the long-term lease, purchase, or development of a facility. If a Public Facility District has defaulted on debt, the jurisdiction in which the public facility is located - the anchor jurisdiction - may impose a sales tax of two-tenths of one percent for the purposes of refinancing the debt. This act also requires the state Treasurer and Auditor to conduct a review of the state's 2400 local government entities and identify where there are indicators of financial distress. This act contains a severability clause and takes effect immediately. This bill will now be delivered to the House and referred to a policy committee for the purpose of a public hearing.

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