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FIFTEENTH DAY, SECOND SPECIAL SESSION
Senate Chamber, Olympia, Monday, June 18, 2001
The Senate was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Owen. The Secretary called the roll and announced to the President that all Senators were present except Senators Brown, Hargrove, Kline, Kohl-Welles, McCaslin, McDonald, Parlette, Patterson, Sheahan and Swecker.
The Sergeant at Arms Color Guard, consisting of staff members Laura Bell and Nancy Atwood, 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.
MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE
June 15, 2001
The Co-Speakers have signed:
SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 1624,
ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 2138, and the same are herewith transmitted.
CYNTHIA ZEHNDER, Co-Chief Clerk
TIMOTHY A. MARTIN, CO-Chief Clerk
SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT
The President signed:
SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 1624,
ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 2138.
INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING
SB 6209 by Senator Fairley
AN ACT Relating to the capital budget.
On motion of Senator Betti Sheldon, Senate Bill No. 6209 was held at the desk.
On motion of Senator Honeyford, the following resolution was adopted:
SENATE RESOLUTION 2001-8708
By Senators Honeyford, Hewitt, Morton, Fraser, Deccio, Hale, Hochstatter, Parlette, Sheahan, Swecker and Rasmussen
WHEREAS, the state of Washington is presently in a drought emergency; and
WHEREAS, water storage is essential to the economic vitality of the Yakima Basin; and
WHEREAS, the Keechelus Reservoir is capable of collecting and storing up to 157,800 acre feet of water, but is presently unable to hold its capacity and is at an extremely low level; and
WHEREAS, Keechelus Reservoir must have major repairs prior to being able to hold its full capacity again; and
WHEREAS, the repairs are to be funded eighty-five percent by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Safety of Dams program and fifteen percent by the basin irrigation districts; and
WHEREAS, delay of the repair of Keechelus Dam will result in increased costs which are detrimental to the agricultural economy, further hindering the struggling agricultural industry and the entire economy of the Yakima Basin; and
WHEREAS, immediate construction would result in less water loss and would in effect conserve this precious resource;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate recognizes the important role of the United States Bureau of Reclamation in the development and sustained prosperity of the Yakima Basin, especially in relation to timely decision making in regard to Keechelus Reservoir ; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to United States Bureau of Reclamation.
Senators Honeyford and Fraser spoke to Senate Resolution 2001-8708.
At 1:10 p.m., on motion of Senator Betti Sheldon, the Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2001.
BRAD OWEN, President of the Senate
TONY M. COOK, Secretary of the Senate