Same-sex marriage: Senate Bill 6239 passed 28-21 in the Senate on Wednesday. The bill redefines marriage as a union between two persons, and prohibits discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation. It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
Voting yes: Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell; Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island; Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline; Sen. Nick Harper, D-Everett; Sen. Steve Hobbs. D-Lake Stevens.
Voting no: Sen. Paull Shin, D-Edmonds; Sen. Val Stevens, R-Arlington.
Energy incentives: House Bill 1144, passed 81-15 in the House on Monday. It allows nonprofit housing organizations to host community solar projects, among other measures. The measure has been taken up by the Senate Energy, Natural Resources, and Marine Waters Committee.
Voting yes: Rep. Luis Moscoso, D-Mountlake Terrace; Rep. Marko Liias, D-Mukilteo; Rep. Mary Helen Roberts, D-Edmonds; Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Lake Forest Park; Rep. Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline; Rep. John McCoy, D-Tulalip; Rep. Mike Sells, D-Everett; Rep. Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish; Rep. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe; Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish; Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens.
Voting no: Rep. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor; Rep. Norma Smith, R-Whidbey Island.
Excused: Rep. Derek Stanford, D-Bothell.
Education requirements for engineers: House Bill 1900, establishing continuing education requirements for engineers, passed 66-29 in the House on Jan. 27. The bill requires registered engineers to complete at least 15 hours of continuing professional development per year. The bill takes effect July 1, 2013. It’s now in the hands of the Senate Labor, Commerce &Consumer Protection Committee.
Voting yes: Bailey, Smith, Liias, Roberts, Kagi, Ryu, McCoy, Sells, Dunshee.
Voting no: Kristiansen, Pearson, Hope.
Contributions to school board candidates: House Bill 2210, extending contribution limits to school board candidates, passed 71-24 in the House on Jan. 27. The measure adds school board offices to the list of public offices subject to campaign contribution limits. It’s now in the Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations &Elections Committee.
Voting yes: Stanford, Smith, Liias, Roberts, Kagi, Ryu, McCoy, Sells, Dunshee.
Voting no: Bailey, Kristiansen, Pearson, Hope.
Fees for low-income housing: House Bill 1398 creates an exemption from impact fees for low-income housing. It passed 53-42 in the House on Jan. 27. It was sent to the Senate Financial Institutions, Housing &Insurance Committee.
Voting yes: Stanford, Liias, Roberts, Kagi, Ryu, McCoy, Sells, Dunshee.
Voting no: Bailey, Smith, Kristiansen, Pearson, Hope.