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How did 48th District representatives for Kirkland vote? | March 4-6

Sen. Rodney Tom, Rep. Ross Hunter and Rep. Cyrus Habib serve the 48th District. - contributed photos
Sen. Rodney Tom, Rep. Ross Hunter and Rep. Cyrus Habib serve the 48th District.
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The following is a recap of how Kirkland legislators from the 48th District recently voted on several bills and resolutions (according to washingtonvotes.org) during the 2014 session.

 

Senate Bill 6002, 2014 Supplemental Operating Budget. Passed the House on March 4 by a vote of 53-44.

This is the House version of the 2014 supplemental operating budget. It seeks to spend $236 million over the $33.6 billion 2013-15 budget approved last year and includes $55 million for school employee cost-of-living pay increases. Tax increases to fund the additional spending, including imposing a sales tax on bottled water, are proposed in a separate bill, HB 2796, which was passed out of committee, but has not passed the House as yet.

Yes: Rep. Ross Hunter and Rep. Cyrus Habib.

 

Senate Bill 6020, 2014 Supplemental Capital Budget. Passed the House on March 4 by a vote of 92-4.

The House version of the 2014 supplemental capital budget adds a net $166.5 million in construction projects to the 2013-15 budget approved last year.

Yes: Habib and Hunter.

House Bill 2797, Funding additional Kindergarten through Third Grade classroom construction with lottery revenues. Passed the House on March 4 by a vote of 90-7.

House lawmakers approved this bill as part of its capital budget package, proposing to issue $707 million in bonds for classroom construction, to be paid for by future state lottery profits.

Yes: Habib and Hunter.

 

House Bill 2762, 2014 Supplemental Transportation Budget. Passed the House on March 4 by a vote of 73-24.

The House version of the 2014 supplemental transportation budget adds $339 million to the existing $8.7 billion budget. A full transportation package for 2013-15 has yet to be enacted and has been the subject of negotiations between House and Senate leaders during the session.

Yes: Habib and Hunter.

 

Senate Bill 6001, 2014 Supplemental Transportation Budget. Passed the Senate on March 4 by a vote of 44-5.

This is the Senate version of the 2014 supplemental transportation budget, adding $379.5 million to the current $8.7 billion budget.

Yes: Rodney Tom.

 

House Bill 2105, Requiring public agencies with governing bodies to post their agendas online in advance of meetings. Passed the Senate on March 5 by a vote of 41-6.

This government transparency measure adds a new section to the Open Public Meetings Act requiring public agencies with governing bodies to post meeting agendas online at least 24 hours in advance of each regular meeting. An agency is not required to post an agenda online if the agency does not have a website or if it employs fewer than 10 full-time equivalent employees. The bill passed the House earlier this session and is now headed to the governor’s desk.

Yes: Tom.

 

Senate Bill 5173, Excusing work and school absences for a reason of faith or conscience. Passed the House on March 6 by a vote of 64-32.

Under this bill, employees of the state and its political subdivisions are entitled to two unpaid holidays per year for reasons of faith or conscience or organized religious activities. Employers must allow an employee to take the unpaid holidays on specific days, unless the absence would create an undue hardship or the employee is necessary to maintain public safety. The bill also allows public school students to be absent for up to two days per school year without penalty for reasons of faith or conscience or organized religious activities. The bill passed the Senate earlier this session by a vote of 47-0, but was amended in the House. If the Senate agrees to the House changes, the bill will go to the governor’s desk.

Yes: Habib and Hunter.

 

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