Floor Votes

House, Senate agree on reforms; Legislature ends marathon session After 90 nearly consecutive days of activity in the Washington State Legislature, lawmakers finally came to an agreement early Wednesday morning that led to the passage of a balanced, sustainable state budget. The reforms our Senate bipartisan coalition was able to get into the final version of the budget made... Read More...
Only nine days left in the regular session There are now only nine days left until the end of the 2012 regular legislative session, meaning we’re in the home stretch to the finish line. This is about the time when things get very hectic and fast-paced here in the Legislature, as both parties and both chambers maneuver to... Read More...
A new life for Washington’s historic properties The Washington State Senate on Tuesday afternoon unanimously passed Senate Bill 6523, which would allow private parties to lease and make improvements to state-owned properties under certain circumstances. I introduced the bill after several businesses indicated an interest in restoring a historic building on state land. There are many historic... Read More...
Same-sex marriage vote disappointing I am disappointed that a majority of the Senate voted to abandon the traditional definition of marriage and concern about religious freedoms that are being threatened by the Senate’s passage tonight of Senate Bill 6239. This issue should be decided by the people of our state. I supported an amendment... Read More...
Senators sign letter supporting AG lawsuit Today, as Senate Republican Deputy Floor Leader, I delivered a letter to Attorney General Rob McKenna in support of his decision to join a bipartisan, nationwide group of attorneys general challenging the constitutionality of the national health care bill signed into law this week. These senators signed the letter: Sen.... Read More...
Governor signs my bill protecting Civil Air Patrol members Today Governor Gregoire signed into law a bill that allows Civil Air Patrol members to work with their employers when emergency situations arise, so they can get time off to serve the state on various Air Force missions. Substitute Senate bill 6647 would also prohibit an employer from discharging or... Read More...
Senate approves my resolution honoring Filipinos On Wednesday, the Washington State Senate unanimously passed a measure that honors the long and proud history of the Filipino people in the United States. Senate Resolution 8668, which I sponsored, recognizes the honorable service of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the United States military and society, celebrates their contributions to... Read More...
Bill to protect citizens from wildfires passes Senate I sponsored a measure that would help protect human lives and property from wildfires. It was unanimously approved by the Senate on Monday. Engrossed Senate Bill 6462 is in response to the Dry Creek fire that destroyed the landmark Silver Dollar Café, on “no man’s land” at the junction of... Read More...