January 22, 2014 | Vol.54 N.4

Washington Votes Roll Call Report


"How did my state lawmakers vote in Olympia?" Readers of the Lake Stevens Journal & Granite Falls Press would like to know.

WashingtonVotes.org provides a free weekly roll call service to media outlets every Friday as long as the legislature is in session. The reports are customized to the legislative districts in your market area and feature individual legislator votes on the top issues of the week. We encourage you to publish this report in print or on-line to help keep your readers informed and engaged about how their representatives perform in Olympia. To update your information, or to let us know you will publish the report, please drop us an e-mail at wavotes@wavotes.org. The 2014 session of the legislature got off to a fast start this week , when the House moved the Washington State Dream Act from the Rules Committee to the floor for a vote on Monday, and moved the differential tuition bill to the floor calendar on Tuesday.

House Bill 1817, Adding eligibility criteria for higher education financial aid. Passed the House on Monday, January 13, 2014 by a vote of 71 to 23.

Known as the "Washington State Dream Act," this bill provides eligibility for the State Needs Grant for individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival. The bill would allow access to financial aid for state college students who were illegally brought to the United States as children. House Bill 1817 passed the House during the 2013 session by a vote of 77 to 20, but did not see action in the Senate.

44 Rep. Hans Dunshee, (Snohomish) Y

44 Rep. Mike Hope, (Lake Stevens) E

House Bill 1043, Limiting differential tuition. Passed the House on Friday, January 17, 2014 by a vote of 90-2.

This bill removes the authority of the state four-year colleges and Community and Technical colleges to set different tuition rates for selected resident undergraduate programs. Under their current tuition-setting authority, some state institutions charge higher tuition for high-demand programs such has Sciene, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).Proponents of the bill say that charging more tuition for such programs reduces the likelihood of students choosing these programs. The House passed this bill during the 2013 session by a vote of 95-1, but it did not see action in the Senate.

44 Rep. Hans Dunshee, (Snohomish) Y

44 Rep. Mike Hope, (Lake Stevens) E

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Y = Yes, N = No, E = Excused, X = Not Voting

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