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SECOND DAY, THIRD SPECIAL SESSION
Senate Chamber, Olympia, Tuesday, July 17, 2001
The Senate was called to order at 12:00 noon by President Owen. No roll call was taken.
On motion of Senator Betti Sheldon, the reading of the Journal of the previous day was dispensed with and it was approved.
INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING
SB 6212 by Senators Honeyford and Deccio
AN ACT Relating to exempting heating, air conditioning, water heater, and household appliance installation and service from electrical licensing laws; and amending RCW 19.28.261.
Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Financial Institutions.
SB 6213 by Senators T. Sheldon, Deccio and McCaslin
AN ACT Relating to preserving the blanket primary by advancing to the general election ballot the two candidates receiving the most votes regardless of political party affiliation; amending RCW 29.30.085, 29.15.150, 29.15.160, 29.15.170, 29.15.190, 29.15.210, 29.15.220, 29.27.020, 29.30.101, 29.42.010, 29.42.020, 29.42.050, and 29.62.010; and repealing RCW 29.15.200, 29.15.230, 29.18.150, 29.18.160, and 29.30.095.
Referred to Committee on State and Local Government.
SB 6214 by Senators T. Sheldon, Honeyford, Sheahan, McCaslin and Deccio
AN ACT Relating to tax incentives in rural counties and community empowerment zones; amending RCW 82.60.010, 82.60.020, 82.62.010, 82.62.030, and 82.62.045; adding a new section to chapter 82.08 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 82.12 RCW; and creating new sections.
Senator Betti Sheldon moved that Senate Bill No. 6212 be referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Financial Institutions, Senate Bill 6213 be referred to the Committee on State and Local Government and Senate Bill No. 6214 be referred to the Committee on Economic Development and Telecommunications.
Senator Tim Sheldon moved that the motion be amended and Senate Bill No. 6214 be referred to the Committee on Transportation.
On motion of Senator Tim Sheldon, the motion to amend the motion by Senator Betti Sheldon was withdrawn.
On motion of Senator Betti Sheldon, Senate Bill No. 6212 was referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Financial Institutions, Senate Bill No. 6213 was referred to the Committee on State and Local Government and amended her motion to hold Senate Bill No. 6214 on the desk.
On motion of Senator Deccio, the following resolution was adopted:
SENATE RESOLUTION 2001-8710
By Senator Deccio, Hochstatter, Parlette, Benton, Brown, Carlson, Constantine, Costa, Eide, Fairley, Finkbeiner, Franklin, Fraser, Gardner, Hale, Hargrove, Haugen, Hewitt, Honeyford, Horn, Jacobsen, Johnson, Kastama, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Long, McAuliffe, McCaslin, McDonald, Morton, Oke, Patterson, Prentice, Rasmussen, Regala, Roach, Rossi, Sheahan, Sheldon, B, Sheldon, T., Shin, Snyder, Spanel, Stevens, Swecker, Thibaudeau, West, Winsley, and Zarelli
WHEREAS, Firefighting is a most dangerous occupation; and
WHEREAS, The men and women who fight fires take on that danger to protect us and deserve our appreciation and admiration; and
WHEREAS, Strength, endurance, and above all, courage are basic requirements for anyone who chooses to battle fires; and
WHEREAS, The adventure, action and adrenaline involved in firefighting tends to attract youth; and
WHEREAS, Early Tuesday morning July 10, 2001, twenty-one U.S. Forest Service firefighters from the Naches Ranger District were sent in to extinguish a small wildfire; and
WHEREAS, Within a two hour span, the routine wildfire quickly grew from a mere several dozen acres to an estimated 2,500 acres; and
WHEREAS, The crews were ordered to pull out, but the fire caught up, cutting off possible escape routes; and
WHEREAS, Four young members of the twenty-one member firefighting crew lost their lives and several others were injured; and
WHEREAS, Three of the four young firefighters who lost their lives were from Yakima and one from Ellensburg; and
WHEREAS, These fallen firefighters who died protecting their neighbors deserve our remembrance and their families deserve our sympathies; and
WHEREAS, Those firefighters who were injured protecting their neighbors deserve our wishes for speedy recoveries;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate honor and remember the four young firefighters who lost their lives battling the wildfires in North Central Washington: Tom Craven from Ellensburg; Karen FitzPatrick from Yakima; Devin Weaver from Yakima; and Jessica Johnson from Yakima; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate wish the injured firefighters speedy recoveries and extends its deepest sympathies to the families, friends and fellow crew members of the firefighters, who lost their lives battling the wildfires in North Central Washington. For the more than 600 firefighters from around the country who have been called in to replace the crew from the Naches Ranger District, we wish a safe and successful assignment; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Secretary of Senate immediately transmit copies of this resolution to the families and fellow crew members of the fallen U.S. Forest Service firefighters from the Naches Ranger District.
Senators Deccio, Morton and Franklin spoke to Senate Resolution 2001-8710.
MOMENT OF SILENCE
The members of the Senate stood for a moment of silence in memory of the four young fallen United States Forest Service firefighters from the Naches Ranger District.
At 12:15 p.m., on motion of Senator Betti Sheldon, the Senate adjourned until 12:00 noon, Wednesday, July 18, 2001.
BRAD OWEN, President of the Senate
TONY M. COOK, Secretary of the Senate