Senate vote on 3rd Reading & Final Passage
Yeas: 31 Nays: 13 Absent: 1 Excused: 4
Voting Yea: Senators Berkey, Brandland, Delvin, Eide, Fairley, Franklin, Fraser, Hargrove, Hatfield, Haugen, Hobbs, Jacobsen, Jarrett, Keiser, Kilmer, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McAuliffe, McDermott, Murray, Oemig, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, Schoesler, Sheldon, Shin, Tom, and Zarelli
Voting Nay: Senators Becker, Benton, Carrell, Hewitt, Holmquist, Honeyford, Kauffman, King, McCaslin, Parlette, Pflug, Stevens, and Swecker
Absent: Senator Roach
Excused: Senators Brown, Kastama, Morton, and Rockefeller
link to vote record here.
So, my question is: why is Ross Hunter the face the Seattle Times selected for this story?
He sponsored the House Bill, but it was the Senate Bill that was passed.
Senate Bill Sponsors: Senators Oemig, Zarelli, Kilmer, Shin, Murray, Hewitt, Kohl-Welles
Subject to lively legislative debate, the bill received little attention outside the Capitol. An analysis put the immediate tuition revenue loss at the University of Washington at about $430,000, with potential for bigger losses in future years, and about $215,000 at Washington State University.
State Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, the bill's sponsor, retired from Microsoft in 2000 after 17 years. He said employers in his Eastside district sought the provision as a tool for recruiting foreign talent.
"There are a bunch of people in my district who are in this situation," said Hunter, who is running for King County executive.
The bill passed the House 59-38 and the Senate 31-13.
Link to Seattle Times story here.
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