Two more of the Northwest Progressive Institute’s 2022 priority bills have finished their journey through the legislative process and will head to Governor Jay Inslee for executive bill action once they are signed by Lieutenant Governor Denny Heck (the President of the Senate) and House Speaker Laurie Jinkins.
By a vote of 29 to 18, the Senate voted to concur in the House amendment to Senate Bill 5228, which establishes flexible new revenue authority for Sound Transit, allowing it to create enhanced service zones consisting of a city or a city and adjacent areas. Sound Transit will gain the ability to send a funding proposal to just one zone, as opposed to its whole jurisdiction.
SB 5228 is sponsored by Senate Majority Floor Leader Jamie Pedersen (D‑43rd District: Seattle) and supported by NPI, Seattle Subway, the Sierra Club, Transportation Choices Coalition, and The Urbanist.
The final roll call on SB 5228 in the Senate was as follows:
RTA additive revenue
Final Passage as Amended by the House
Yeas: 29; Nays: 18; Absent: 1; Excused: 1
Voting Yea: Senators Billig, Carlyle, Cleveland, Conway, Das, Dhingra, Fortunato, Frockt, Hawkins, Hunt, Keiser, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, Lovick, Mullet, Muzzall, Nguyen, Nobles, Pedersen, Randall, Robinson, Saldaña, Salomon, Sheldon, Stanford, Trudeau, Van De Wege, Wilson (Claire)
Voting Nay: Senators Braun, Brown, Dozier, Gildon, Hasegawa, Holy, Honeyford, King, McCune, Padden, Rivers, Schoesler, Sefzik, Short, Wagoner, Warnick, Wilson (Jeff), Wilson (Lynda)
Absent: Senator Rolfes
Excused: Senator Wellman
Democratic Senators Christine Rolfes and Lisa Wellman didn’t participate in the vote (they previously supported the bill, so we can assume they would have voted yes). Democratic Senator Bob Hasegawa (who represents part of Seattle) disappointingly remained opposed to the bill on final passage.
However, Republicans Brad Hawkins, Phil Fortunato, Ron Muzzall, and Tim Sheldon voted for final passage. Sheldon, Fortunato, and Muzzall had been nays a few weeks before when the Senate previously passed the bill.
Hawkins had been a yes vote, the only Republican to back the bill initially.
Fortunato’s switcheroo was the biggest surprise. Fortunato despises Sound Transit, so we’re not sure why he changed his vote along with Muzzall and Sheldon, but whatever his reasoning, it’s appreciated.
On the other side of the rotunda, the House of Representatives voted 57–41 to concur in the Senate amendments to House Bill 1630, which prohibits the carrying of weapons at local government meetings and election sites.
Sponsored by State Representative Tana Senn (D‑41st District: Mercer Island, Bellevue, Newcastle), the bill is supported by NPI, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the League of Women Voters, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Anti-Defamation League, Everytown for Gun Safety, auditors like Mary Hall (Thurston County), and prosecutors like Eric Richey (Whatcom County).
The final roll call on HB 1630 was as follows:
Final Passage as Amended by the Senate
Yeas: 57; Nays: 41
Voting Yea: Representatives Bateman, Berg, Bergquist, Berry, Bronoske, Callan, Chapman, Chopp, Cody, Davis, Dolan, Donaghy, Duerr, Entenman, Fey, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Goodman, Gregerson, Hackney, Hansen, Harris-Talley, Johnson, Kirby, Kloba, Leavitt, Lekanoff, Macri, Morgan, Ormsby, Ortiz-Self, Orwall, Paul, Peterson, Pollet, Ramel, Ramos, Riccelli, Rule, Ryu, Santos, Sells, Senn, Shewmake, Simmons, Slatter, Springer, Stonier, Sullivan, Taylor, Thai, Tharinger, Valdez, Walen, Wicks, Wylie, Jinkins
Voting Nay: Representatives Abbarno, Barkis, Boehnke, Caldier, Chambers, Chandler, Chase, Corry, Dent, Dufault, Dye, Eslick, Gilday, Goehner, Graham, Griffey, Harris, Hoff, Jacobsen, Klicker, Klippert, Kraft, Kretz, MacEwen, Maycumber, McCaslin, McEntire, Mosbrucker, Orcutt, Robertson, Rude, Schmick, Steele, Stokesbary, Sutherland, Vick, Volz, Walsh, Wilcox, Ybarra, Young
As before, HB 1630 passed along with party lines, with Democrats uniformly backing the bill and Republicans firmly opposed.
The final bill incorporates an amendment from Senator Kevin Van De Wege (D‑24th District: Olympic Peninsula) that “exempts concealed pistol license holders and persons exempt from the concealed pistol licensing requirement from restrictions on the possession of a pistol while attending official meetings of a school district board of directors held off school district owned or leased property.”
Governor Jay Inslee is expected to sign both bills within the next few weeks.