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TWENTY-SIXTH DAY, FIRST SPECIAL SESSION
Senate Chamber, Olympia, Tuesday, April 4, 2000
The Senate was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by President Owen. The Secretary called the roll and announced to the President that all Senators were present except Senators Benton, Brown, Finkbeiner, Honeyford, Kline, McDonald, Sellar and Sheahan. On motion of Senator Swecker, Senators Benton, Finkbeiner, Honeyford, McDonald, Sellar and Sheahan were excused. On motion of Senator Eide, Senators Brown and Kline were excused.
The Sergeant at Arms Color Guard, consisting of guests Nicole Havens and Krystin Havens, presented the Colors. Senator Karen Fraser offered the prayer.
On motion of Senator Betti Sheldon, the reading of the Journal of the previous day was dispensed with and it was approved.
On motion of Senator Snyder, the following resolution was adopted:
SENATE RESOLUTION 2000-8789
By Senators Snyder, Johnson, Wojahn, Costa, Spanel, Haugen, Franklin, Winsley, Rasmussen, and Fraser
WHEREAS, The members of the Washington State Senate, following the current legislative session, will lose to retirement a longtime friend, Mr. Bob Turner of KOMO-TV; and
WHEREAS, Prior to coming to Olympia in 1969, Mr. Turner began his career in another state capital, Boise, Idaho, interning as a television news photographer; and
WHEREAS, He joined the KOMO-TV news team in 1971; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Turner’s sense of professionalism, his personal courtesy, and his dedication to excellence in his craft have distinguished him as one of the true Capitol Press Corps legends; and
WHEREAS, KOMO-TV, through Mr. Turner, has remained constant in its commitment to informing the public of the decisions made in Olympia; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Turner was recognized as one of America's premiere television news photographers when KOMO-TV won the 1992 National Press Photographer Association "Station of the Year" Award; and
WHEREAS, His balanced, fair, and non-partisan coverage of the Legislature has always been beyond question, winning the praises of both Democrats and Republicans alike; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Turner and his wife, Frances, plan to move back to Idaho following his retirement;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the members of the Washington State Senate do hereby recognize and honor Mr. Bob Turner for the important and consistent role he has played in the legislative process over the course of his many years of dedicated service in Olympia; that we regard him as a true friend of this body; and that we wish him all the best in his retirement; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to Mr. Bob Turner.
Senators Snyder, Thibaudeau, Heavey and Winsley spoke to Senate Resolution 2000-8789.
INTRODUCTION OF SPECIAL GUEST
The President thanked Bob Turner for his dedicated service and wished him a wonderful retirement. Bob was standing at the Senate press table with his camera.
On motion of Senator Costa, the following resolution was adopted:
SENATE RESOLUTION 2000-8790
By Senators Costa, Spanel, Franklin, Rasmussen, Fraser, and Snyder
WHEREAS, More than 31 million Americans were victimized by crime last year; and
WHEREAS, Nearly 24,000 violent crimes were committed in Washington in 1998, including 220 murders, 2,785 rapes, 6,450 robberies and 14,443 aggravated assaults; and
WHEREAS, The highest percentage of murder victims in Washington continues to be young adults, ages eighteen to twenty-four; and
WHEREAS, Crime victims play an indispensable role in bringing offenders to justice; and
WHEREAS, Victims of crime and their families deserve respect, restoration, rehabilitation, restitution and justice; and
WHEREAS, The first Crime Victims Bill of Rights was adopted in 1980; and
WHEREAS, America now has almost 30,000 federal and state laws relating to the rights and interests of crime victims, and more than 10,000 local programs to serve their needs; and
WHEREAS, Thirty-two states now provide for victims’ rights in their state constitutions; and
WHEREAS, Despite this significant progress in providing rights and services to crime victims during the past twenty years, large segments of our population including crime victims who are elderly, disabled, or living in rural areas are still under served; and
WHEREAS, Crime does not concentrate in one specific area; it encompasses rape, murder, robbery, burglary, theft, violence, stalking, domestic and workplace violence, child abuse, vehicular assault, and, more recently, identity theft and cyberstalking; and
WHEREAS, As a nation devoted to liberty and justice for all, America must increase its efforts to protect, restore and expand crime victims’ rights and services; and
WHEREAS, This year’s theme, “Victims’ Rights 2000: Dare to Dream,” can inspire communities to work to ensure that all crime victims in our state and across the nation receive the rights and services they need in order to rebuild their lives;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate, in its continued commitment to respect and enforce victims’ rights and address their needs, recognize that April 9 to 15, 2000 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates.
MOMENT OF SILENCE
The President requested the members of the Senate stand in a moment of silence for former Senator Irv Newhouse, who suffered a stroke during knee surgery yesterday.
Senator Fairley: “A point of personal privilege, Mr. President. Well, I have a presentation today. Just about the only issue that I can think about right off hand that Senator Tim Sheldon and I have agreed on has involved the King Dome. Today, I have a piece of the rock--a piece of the King Dome to present to Senator Tim Sheldon for his efforts and mine--”
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OWEN
President Owen: “Senator Fairley, do not throw that rock at him.”
Senator Fairley: “--for his efforts in trying to keep this from happening. We didn’t succeed, but he made a good attempt.”
On motion of Senator Haugen, the following resolution was adopted:
SENATE RESOLUTION 2000-8784
By Senator Haugen
WHEREAS, The industrial technology and woodworking class at Stanwood High School has earned a statewide reputation for excellence; and
WHEREAS, One of the reasons the woodworking program enjoys a reputation is because of the quality of instruction the students receive from Mike Chandler, a graduate of Stanwood High School; and
WHEREAS, Students in the high school’s Agricultural Mechanics class also participated in this year’s popular woodworking display; and
WHEREAS, Stanwood High School is one of the few schools that still places an emphasis on time-honored, traditional craftsmanship; and
WHEREAS, The students' projects range from impressive living room furniture to kitchen cabinetry to outdoor furniture; and
WHEREAS, The Stanwood High School woodworking program also supports the local economy by buying as much material as possible locally; and
WHEREAS, Students in the Stanwood High School woodworking program learn not only a craft and vocational skill, but they also learn to take pride in their workmanship, problem-solving skills, the ability to stay on task, and interpersonal skills; and
WHEREAS, The Stanwood High School woodworking program is the only high school invited annually by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to exhibit its projects during Vocational-Technical Education Week;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate honor and recognize the exceptional skills and craftsmanship demonstrated by students in the Stanwood High School woodworking program; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Senate applaud and commend the outstanding job of teaching and mentoring that Mike Chandler has done at Stanwood High School for the past nineteen years.
On motion of Senator Goings, the following resolution was adopted:
SENATE RESOLUTION 2000-8787
By Senators Goings, Bauer, Snyder, McAuliffe, Spanel, Winsley, Haugen, Franklin, Rasmussen, Thibaudeau, Kohl-Welles, Fraser, Costa, and Shin
WHEREAS, Dr. Frank “Buster” Brouillet is completing his six year term as a member of the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board; and
WHEREAS, From 1957 to 1973, Dr. Brouillet ably represented the Twenty-fifth Legislative District as a member of the House of Representatives; and
WHEREAS, He distinguished himself as one of the state’s most thoughtful leaders regarding education policy, serving as a member and as Chair of the House Education Committee; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Brouillet continued his important role as an education policymaker when he served for sixteen years as the State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, four years as President of Pierce College, and through his service as a member of the University of Washington Advisory Committee, and as Director of the University of Washington Tacoma’s Pacific Rim Center; and
WHEREAS, The citizens of our state have greatly benefitted from his extensive experience and his personal commitment to both K-12 and higher education; and
WHEREAS, His service to the citizens of Washington will continue well beyond his term with the Higher Education Coordinating Board;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the members of the Washington State Senate do hereby recognize the many outstanding contributions that Dr. Frank “Buster” Brouillet has made for the betterment of our state; and that we honor his exemplary legacy of public service; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Secretary of the Senate immediately transmit a copy of this resolution to Dr. Frank “Buster” Brouillet.
Senators Goings, Bauer, Rasmussen, Wojahn, Kohl-Welles, Thibaudeau, Snyder, Franklin, Fraser, McAuliffe and Winsley spoke to Senate Resolution 2000-8787.
INTRODUCTION OF SPECIAL GUESTS
The President welcomed and introduced Dr. Frank "Buster" Brouillet and his wife, Marge, as well as former Senator Marc Gaspard, who were seated in the gallery.
The President wished Senators Franklin and Fairley best wishes for the birthdays they were celebrating today and he also wished Senator Goings a happy birthday for the occasion he celebrated yesterday.
At 10:43 a.m., on motion of Senator Betti Sheldon, the Senate was declared to be at ease.
The Senate was called to order at 11:31 a.m. by President Owen.
On motion of Senator Betti Sheldon, the Senate reverted to the third order of business.
There being no objection, the Senate resumed consideration of the Governor's Veto Message on Substitute Senate Bill No. 6062, which was held on the desk April 3, 2000.
Senator Snyder moved that the Senate pass Senate Bill No. 6062, not withstanding the Governor's Veto.
The President declared the question before the Senate to be the motion by Senator Snyder that Substitute Senate Bill No. 6062 pass the Senate notwithstanding the Governor's veto. The President declared a vote 'yea' will override the Governor's veto and a vote 'nay' will sustain the veto. The President declared that a two-thirds majority of those present is required to override the veto.
The Secretary called the roll on the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 6062 notwithstanding the Governor's veto and the veto was overridden by the following vote: Yeas, 36; Nays, 5; Absent, 0; Excused, 8.
Voting yea: Senators Bauer, Costa, Deccio, Eide, Franklin, Gardner, Goings, Hale, Hargrove, Haugen, Heavey, Hochstatter, Horn, Johnson, Long, Loveland, McAuliffe, McCaslin, Morton, Oke, Patterson, Prentice, Rasmussen, Roach, Rossi, Sheldon, B., Sheldon, T., Shin, Snyder, Spanel, Stevens, Swecker, West, Winsley, Wojahn and Zarelli - 36.
Voting nay: Senators Fairley, Fraser, Jacobsen, Kohl-Welles and Thibaudeau - 5.
Excused: Senators Benton, Brown, Finkbeiner, Honeyford, Kline, McDonald, Sellar and Sheahan - 8.
SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 6062, having received the constitutional two-thirds majority, notwithstanding the Governor's veto, was declared passed. There being no objection, the title of the bill will stand as the title of the act.
At 11:43 a.m., on motion of Senator Betti Sheldon, the Senate adjourned until 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2000.
BRAD OWEN, President of the Senate
TONY M. COOK, Secretary of the Senate