How they voted in Olympia 2/24


LIMITING DIFFERENTIAL TUITION

House Bill 1043 removes the authority for public universities to set differential tuition rates for resident, undergraduate programs, such as setting higher rates for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses. It also removes the authority for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to institute differential tuition models for resident, undergraduate programs. It passed the House on Feb. 15 by a vote of 95 to 1.

Reps Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, Dean Takko, D-Longview, Steve Tharinger, D-Sequim, and Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, all voted for the bill.

CONSUMER INSTALLMENT LOANS

Senate Bill 5312 regulates the terms of small consumer installment loans and requires lenders to be licensed and to pay an investigation and annual assessment fee. It puts limits on interest and charges, prescribes the content of loan agreements, mandates customer notice of fees and charges, and places restrictions on the collection of delinquent loans. The bill as it passed the Senate limits loans to no more than 15 percent of the borrower’s monthly income, with a maximum of $1,500. The maximum loan period is 18 months, and loans may not be secured by a lien on real or personal property. It passed the Senate on Feb. 20 by a vote of 30 to 18.

Sens. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, and Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, voted for the bill.

SEAFOOD LABELING

House Bill 1200 authorizes the Washington Department of Agriculture, together with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, to develop procedures for enforcing food fish and shellfish labeling, and to take action against misbranding by providing for higher criminal penalties. It defines “food fish”: and “shellfish” and clarifies the definition of “commercially caught” salmon as that harvested by commercial fishers. It also establishes a system of identifying the common names for seafood, based on the USFDA’s list of acceptable market names for seafood. It passed in the House on Feb. 18 by a vote of 96-0.

Blake, Takko, Tharinger and Van De Wege all voted for the bill.

SERVICE CONTRACTS

House Bill 1036 amends and clarifies the definition of “service contract” to include any contract or agreement for the repair or maintenance of a property at a cost above its purchase price. It specifies that the regulations do not prohibit a service contract provider from covering residential water, sewer, utilities, or similar systems with or without coverage of appliances. A provider may also share contract revenue with local governments or other third parties for endorsements and marketing services. It passed in the House on Feb. 18 by a vote of 96-0.

Blake, Takko, Tharinger and Van De Wege all voted for the bill.

REPORTING RUNAWAYS

Senate Bill 5147 requires licensed overnight youth shelters or organizations that provide services to homeless or runaway youth and their families to comply with notice requirements. When sheltering a youth known to be away from home without permission, they must, within 72 hours and preferably within 24 hours, notify the youth’s parents of his/her whereabouts, a description of the youth’s physical and emotional condition, and the circumstances surrounding the youth’s contact with the shelter or organization. It passed in the Senate on Jan. 30 by a vote of 49-0. It passed in the House on Feb. 15 by a vote of 89-7.

Blake, Takko, Tharinger and Van De Wege all voted for the bill.

SOURCE: WashingtonVotes.org