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Washington Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 19, 2008 SB 6809 Working Family Tax Exemption Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 16)
Yea
Feb. 18, 2008 SB 5628 Presidential Election by Popular Vote Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 18)
Yea
Feb. 18, 2008 SB 6305 Use of Federal Sex Education Grants Bill Passed - Senate
(37 - 11)
Yea
Feb. 18, 2008 SB 6777 Halting Mining on Maury Island Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 23)
Yea
Feb. 13, 2008 SB 5278 Public Financing of Local Campaigns Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 20)
Yea
Feb. 12, 2008 SB 5751 Beer and Wine Tasting in Grocery Stores Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 15)
Yea
Feb. 6, 2008 SB 6381 Good Faith Duties of Mortgage Brokers Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 19)
Yea
Feb. 6, 2008 SB 6452 Yield Spread Premium Disclosure Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 17)
Yea
Feb. 6, 2008 SB 6794 New Ferry Vessels Bill Passed - Senate
(40 - 8)
Yea
Jan. 30, 2008 SB 5261 Health Insurance Rate Oversight Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 18)
Yea
Jan. 25, 2008 SB 5628 Presidential Election by Popular Vote Senate Sponsor
Jan. 24, 2008 SB 6809 Working Family Tax Exemption Senate Sponsor
Jan. 23, 2008 SB 6777 Halting Mining on Maury Island Senate Sponsor
Nov. 29, 2007 HB 2416 Adjusting the Property Tax Cap Bill Passed - Senate
(39 - 9)
Nay
Nov. 29, 2007 Sub SB 6178 Property Tax Deferral Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 21)
Yea
April 9, 2007 HB 1528 Electronic Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 17)
Yea
April 3, 2007 HB 1024 Prohibition of PBDEs Bill Passed - Senate
(41 - 8)
Yea
March 7, 2007 Sub SB 5297 Sexual Health Education Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 19)
Yea
March 1, 2007 Sub SB 5336 Legal Benefits for Domestic Partners Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 19)
Yea
Feb. 28, 2007 Sub SB 5297 Medically-Accurate Sex Education Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 28, 2007 Sub SB 6001 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 17, 2007 Sub SB 5336 Legal Benefits for Domestic Partners Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 15, 2007 SB 5278 Public Financing of Local Campaigns Senate Sponsor
March 8, 2006 2nd Sub HB 2572 Health Insurance for Small Businesses Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 23)
Yea
March 8, 2006 Sub SB 6386 2005-2007 Supplemental Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(29 - 19)
Yea
Feb. 10, 2006 Sub SB 6475 Certificate of Academic Achievement Alternative Methods Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 10)
Yea
Jan. 27, 2006 Sub HB 2661 Expanding the Jurisdiction of the Human Rights Commission Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 23)
Yea

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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