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How lawmakers voted in Olympia

With less than two weeks to go in the regular session of the legislature, House lawmakers this week passed Democratic proposals for the state supplemental operating and transportation budgets. The House also passed a bill regulating the use of data from body cameras worn by law enforcement and corrections officers.

House Bill 2376: Making 2015-17 supplemental operating budget appropriations. Passed the House on Feb. 25, 2016 by a vote of 50-47, one member excused.

This is the supplemental spending plan proposed by House Democrats. It would add about $476 million to the $38.2 billion two-year budget approved last year and includes provisions to raise salaries for starting teachers from $35,000 to $40,000. It would also spend moneys from the state’s emergency “rainy day” fund on homeless programs. The proposal relies on some $120 million in proposed new taxes that have yet to be voted upon, including a sales tax on bottled water and tax increases on a range of business enterprises. Senate Republicans released their version of the supplemental budget on Wednesday, calling for about $49 million in additional spending without raising taxes.

40th Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes: Yes

40th Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon: Yes

42nd Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden: No

42nd Rep. Luanne Van Werven, R-Lynden: No

House Bill 2524: Making 2015-17 supplemental transportation appropriations. Passed the House on Feb. 25, 2016 by a vote of 84-13, one member excused.

This bill would increase spending through mid-2017 to a total of $8.6 billion, adding roughly $470 million to the two-year budget enacted last year. The additional funds in the proposal would be spent mostly on highway and bridge maintenance, removal of fish barriers and paying down the cost of a new 144-vehicle ferry. It also includes $16.3 million to raise the pay of Washington State Patrol officers, and some $45 million to deal with traffic congestion caused by the new Interstate 405 toll lanes.

40th Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes: Yes

40th Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon: Yes

42nd Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden: Yes

42nd Rep. Luanne Van Werven, R-Lynden: Yes

House Bill 2362: Concerning video and/or sound recordings made by law enforcement or corrections officers. Passed the House on Feb. 22, 2016 by a vote of 61-36, one member excused.

This bill establishes Public Records Act provisions governing disclosure of body-worn camera recordings made by law enforcement and corrections officers while in the course of their official duties. It requires law enforcement and corrections agencies that deploy body-worn cameras to adopt policies covering their use and establishes a task force to review and report on the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement and corrections agencies.

40th Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes: Yes

40th Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon: Yes

42nd Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden: No

42nd Rep. Luanne Van Werven, R-Lynden: No

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