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Voting Record in Washington State

Download the WA voting record (PDF)NFIB tracks the key legislative issues identified by our small business members every session and then we tabulate a score for each Washington State lawmaker in the state House and state Senate. The NFIB voting record provides a critically important evaluation of a legislator's attitude toward small business based on floor votes. You won't find a more effective way to gauge the performance of politicians than examining their voting record.

While most elected officials claim to support small businesses, the NFIB voting record gives business owners and other citizens a picture of what your state representatives and state senators are up to in Olympia. Please thank those legislators who supported small business and continue to work with those who have fallen short.

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The voting record is only one measure of a legislator’s performance. A vote tally does not indicate which legislators represented small business interests in committee or behind the scenes. However, the record does indicate their positions when asked to vote on key issues on the floor of the House or Senate. Please thank those legislators who supported legislation important to small business.

 

Top Votes from 2013-14

1. 2013-15 operating budget (SB 5034)
Initial bipartisan, no-new-taxes Senate budget proposal for the 2013-15 biennium.
A "Yes" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed Senate 30-18.

2. Medicaid expansion (Senate Amendment 382)
Would prohibit Medicaid expansion under federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
A "Yes" vote supports the NFIB position. Failed in Senate 16-32.

3. 2013-15 operating budget (Senate Amendment 343)
Would substitute House-passed budget, which relied on more than $1 billion in new or extended taxes, in place of SB 5034 no-new-taxes proposal.
A "No" vote supports the NFIB position. Failed in Senate 23-25.

4. 2013-15 operating budget (House striking amendment)
Replaced Senate-passed 2013-15 operating budget proposal with a two-year spending plan relying on $1.3 billion in new and extended taxes.
A "No" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed House 54-43.

5. Regulatory reform (SB 5461)
Would require governor to sign significant regulations before they could take effect.
A "Yes" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed Senate 27-21. Died in House committee.
 
6. Workers' compensation (SB 5127)
Would eliminate age limitation for structured settlement agreements and clarify legislative intent for adjudicating settlement proposals from workers represented by legal counsel.
A "Yes" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed Senate 27-21. Died in House committee.

7. Wage disputes (SB 5158)
Would create safeharbor for employers who rely on written guidance from Dept. of Labor & Industries for wage payment questions.
A "Yes" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed Senate 25-23. Died in House committee.

8. Out-of-state health plans (SB 5540)
Would authorize the state Insurance Commissioner to establish compacts allowing health insurance to be purchased across state lines.
A "Yes" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed Senate 40-8. Died in House committee.

9. Workers' compensation (SB 6179)
Would allow small and mid-sized employers to create group self-insurance pools for workers' compensation.
A "Yes" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed Senate 26-23. Died in House committee.

10. Health insurance (SB 6511)
Establishes work group to simplify health insurance prior authorization processes to prevent unnecessary delays in receiving medical treatment or prescriptions due to paperwork issues.
A "Yes" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed Senate 49-0 and House 96-0. Governor signed into law

11. 2/3 vote for taxes (SJR 8213)
Would amend state constitution to require two-thirds vote of Legislature to increase taxes.
A "Yes" vote supports the NFIB position. Failed in Senate 25-21 (2/3 vote required for constitutional amendments).

12. 2013-15 operating budget (HB 1057)
Initial House 2013-15 operating budget proposal, which relied on $1.3 billion in new and extended taxes.
A "No" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed House 53-35. Died in Senate committee

13. Workplace safety violations (HB 1891)
Would increase penalties on employers for workplace safety violations and injuries, as well as expand other safety regulations.
A "No" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed House 65-32. Died in Senate committee.

14. Tax package (HB 2038)
Would increase or extend several taxes, including making permanent the 20 percent B&O tax surcharge on services.
A "No" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed House 52-45. Died in Senate committee.
 
15. Estate tax (HB 2064)
Would retroactively apply death tax to estates utilizing "QTIP" tax planning tools.
A "No" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed House 51-40. Died in Senate committee.

16. Paid sick leave (HB 1313)
Would require employers with four or more workers to provide 40-72 hours paid sick or safe leave, depending on firm size.
A "No" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed House 52-45. Died in Senate committee.
 
17. Workplace safety violations (HB 2332)
Would increase penalties on employers for workplace safety violations and injuries.
A "No" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed House 53-45. Died in Senate committee.

18. Worker retaliation (HB 2333)
Would amend several employment laws, adding criminal charges and substantially increasing penalties for employers who discipline, terminate or take other "adverse" actions against workers who have filed complaints with government agencies. Allows unions or other "interested parties" to sue employers, including class action lawsuits alleging retaliation.
A "No" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed House 53-45. Died in Senate committee.

19. Independent contractors (HB 2334)
Would create two new, conflicting tests to determine whether an individual is self-employed; increases penalties and allows class action lawsuits against employers for "worker misclassification;" limits the right of individuals to be self-employed and the right of businesses to hire independent contractors.
A "No" vote supports the NFIB position. Passed House 53-45. Died in Senate committee

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