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Roll call

A look at votes by lawmakers

Jan 21, 2006 | www.heraldnet.com

State Legislature

Senate

take  of first- and second-degree rape (but only if the victim was under 18 years of age), and first- and second-degree child rape. As a result, such offenses could be prosecuted at any time after the date the crime is committed, regardless of when the victim reports the crime. The bill is under consideration in the House of Representatives.

Voting yes: Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell; Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island; Sen. Paull Shin, D-Edmonds; Sen. Darlene Fairley, D-Lake Forest Park; Sen. Jean Berkey, D-Everett; Sen. Val Stevens, R-Arlington; Sen. Dave Schmidt, R-Bothell.

House

Discrimination based on sexual orientation: By a vote of 60-37 on Jan. 20, the House approved HB 2661. Introduced at the request of Gov. Gregoire, the bill would prohibit discrimination against a person based on his or her sexual orientation in employment, in credit and insurance transactions, in places of public resort, accommodation or amusement, and in real property transactions. For these purposes, "sexual orientation" means heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, and gender expression or identity. As used in this definition, "gender expression or identity" means having or being perceived as having a gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression, whether or not it is different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that person at birth. The bill is under consideration in the Senate.

Voting yes: Rep. Al O'Brien, D-Mountlake Terrace; Rep. Mark Ericks, D-Bothell; Rep. Mary Helen Roberts, D-Edmonds; Rep. Brian Sullivan, D-Mukilteo; Rep. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline; Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Lake Forest; Rep. Mike Sells, D-Everett; Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish; Rep. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek.

Voting no: Rep. Chris Strow, R-Clinton; Rep. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor; Rep. Dan Kristansen, R-Snohomish; Rep. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe.

Excused: Rep. John McCoy, D-Tulalip.

Motorcycles at traffic signals: By a vote of 92-2 on Jan. 18, the House approved HB 1466, which would allow motorcycles to turn left after one cycle at a signalized intersection equipped with a vehicle detection device that fails to register the presence of the motorcycle. The bill is under consideration in the Senate.

Voting yes: Rep. Al O'Brien, D-Mountlake Terrace; Rep. Mark Ericks, D-Bothell; Rep. Chris Strow, R-Clinton; Rep. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor; Rep. Mary Helen Roberts, D-Edmonds; Rep. Brian Sullivan, D-Mukilteo; Rep. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline; Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Lake Forest; Rep. John McCoy, D-Tulalip; Rep. Mike Sells, D-Everett; Rep. Dan Kristansen, R-Snohomish; Rep. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe; Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish; Rep. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek.

Uninsured motorist coverage: By a vote of 96-0 on Jan. 18, the House approved HB 2415. The bill would require that those covered by under- or un-insured motorist coverage be entitled to coverage without regard to whether an incident was intentionally caused, unless the insurer can demonstrate that the covered person intended to cause the damage for which coverage is sought. "Accident" is defined as an occurrence that is unexpected and unintended from the standpoint of the covered person. The bill is under consideration in the Senate.

Voting yes: Rep. Al O'Brien, D-Mountlake Terrace; Rep. Mark Ericks, D-Bothell; Rep. Chris Strow, R-Clinton; Rep. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor; Rep. Mary Helen Roberts, D-Edmonds; Rep. Brian Sullivan, D-Mukilteo; Rep. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline; Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Lake Forest; Rep. John McCoy, D-Tulalip; Rep. Mike Sells, D-Everett; Rep. Dan Kristansen, R-Snohomish; Rep. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe; Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish; Rep. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek.

Banning possession of dangerous wild animals: By a vote of 67-29 on Jan. 18, the House approved HB 1151. The bill would ban the possession of potentially dangerous wild animals, including large cats, wolves (excluding wolf-hybrids), bears, hyenas, primates, elephants, certain snakes and crocodiles. Special permission would be necessary from an animal control authority to possess these animals. Organizations such as zoos and aquariums would be exempt. The bill is under consideration in the Senate.

Voting yes: Rep. Al O'Brien, D-Mountlake Terrace; Rep. Mark Ericks, D-Bothell; Rep. Mary Helen Roberts, D-Edmonds; Rep. Brian Sullivan, D-Mukilteo; Rep. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline; Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Lake Forest; Rep. John McCoy, D-Tulalip; Rep. Mike Sells, D-Everett; Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish; Rep. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek.

Voting no: Rep. Chris Strow, R-Clinton; Rep. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor; Rep. Dan Kristansen, R-Snohomish; Rep. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe.


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