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Senate Chamber, Olympia, Saturday, July 21, 2001

      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 Fairley, Kline and Zarelli. On motion of Senator Eide, Senators Fairley and Kline were excused. On motion of Senator Honeyford, Senator Zarelli was excused.

      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.



SB 6226             by Senators Prentice and Winsley


AN ACT Relating to uniform laws regulating commercial transactions; amending RCW 62A.1-107, 62A.1-201, 62A.1-205, 62A.1-206, 62A.2-102, 62A.2-105, 62A.2-201, 62A.2-202, 62A.2-203, 62A.2-205, 62A.2-207, 62A.2-209, 62A.2-316, 62A.2-503, 62A.2-509, 62A.2-605, 62A.2-606, 62A.2-607, 62A.2-609, 62A.2-616, 62A.2-702, 62A.2A-102, 62A.2A-103, 62A.2A-107, 62A.2A-201, 62A.2A-202, 62A.2A-203, 62A.2A-205, 62A.2A-208, 62A.2A-214, 62A.2A-303, 62A.2A-309, 62A.2A-310, 62A.2A-401, 62A.2A-406, 62A.2A-514, and 62A.2A-516; adding a new section to Article 62A.1 RCW; adding a new chapter to Title 63 RCW; and creating a new section.

Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Financial Institutions.


SB 6227             by Senators Rasmussen, Deccio, Honeyford, Morton and T. Sheldon (by request of Governor Locke)


AN ACT Relating to relief for farmers, farmworkers, and communities affected by crop damage due to severe storms occurring on June 26 and 27, 2001; amending RCW 82.29A.130; adding a new section to chapter 50.22 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 84.36 RCW; creating a new section; making appropriations; and declaring an emergency.

Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.


SB 6228             by Senators Rasmussen, Deccio, Honeyford, Morton and T. Sheldon (by request of Governor Locke)


AN ACT Relating to funding crop damage; reenacting and amending RCW 43.84.092 and 43.84.092; creating new sections; making an appropriation; providing an effective date; providing an expiration date; and declaring an emergency.

Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.


      The President welcomed and introduced a delegation from Yashiro Japan, who were here celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Olympia/Yashiro Sister/City relationship. The President also introduced Mayor Ageish, president of the Yashiro Sister City Association in Yashiro and Dr. Fujimoto, president of the Sister City Association in Olympia. Also seated in the gallery with the guests was Tim Malone, husband of Senator Karen Fraser, and a past president of the Olympia/Yashiro Sister City Association.


      On motion of Senator Eide, the following resolution was adopted:


By Senators Eide and Betti Sheldon

      WHEREAS, the USS William Seiverling (DE-441) was commissioned at the New York Navy Yard on June 1, 1944, under the command of Lt. Commander Charles F. Adams, Jr.. Since its de-commissioning on September 27, 1957, an annual reunion is held in remembrance of the ship and its mates; and

      WHEREAS, Tony Mola served on board the USS William Seiverling as a Chief Machinist Repairman from 1944 to 1945 and is the host for the 2001 reunion. Tony resides in Kent, Washington, and the 2001 reunion is the first ever to be held on the West Coast; and

      WHEREAS, The destroyer escort reached Oahu on September 17, 1944, and began a series of missions out of the Pearl Harbor base including torpedo, surface gunnery, and shore bombardment exercises. After October 8, 1944, she began antisubmarine warfare duty; and

      WHEREAS, The USS William Seiverling arrived on December 2, 1944, in Ulithi and helped patrol the sea lanes between various islands in the Central Pacific to keep them clear of Japanese submarines. On January 7, 1945, during the transit to Luzon, her guns warded off a single plane attack; and

      WHEREAS, On March 21, 1945, the USS William Seiverling got underway with Task Group 52.1 to support the assault and occupation of Okinawa. Upon her arrival in the Ryukyus on May 20, 1945, she began patrol duty on various antisubmarine and anti-aircraft defense stations around Okinawa. During this phase of her Okinawa duty, the USS William Seiverling came under numerous air attacks-including the attack on May 25, 1945. She claimed three kills and a number of hits but suffered no damage herself; and

      WHEREAS, the USS William Seiverling was de-commissioned on March 21, 1947. However, the outbreak of hostilities in Korea during the summer of 1950 brought many warships in the reserve fleet back to active duty. Accordingly, on December 27, 1950, the USS William Seiverling was re-commissioned at San Diego, under the command of Lt. Comander Walter C. Cole; and

      WHEREAS, In July, the USS William Seiverling arrived in the Korean war zone. From the 6th to the 12th in 1951, she conducted shore bombardment missions near Songjin. On September 8, 1951, the destroyer escort drew fire from an enemy shore battery. Throughout the brief action, the enemy consistently straddled the ship and succeeded in scoring three hits, one of which struck the ship below the waterline at the number two fire-room. That hit caused her to break off the action and retire to Sasebo for repairs. She returned to the United States on November 22, 1951; and

      WHEREAS, the USS William Seiverling was placed out of commission at San Diego on September 27, 1957. The warship earned four battle stars during World War II and three battle stars during the Korean conflict;

      NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate acknowledge and honor the accomplishments of the USS William Seiverling and the bravery of her mates in defending our country, and recognize the ship’s thirty-seventh reunion between October 3-7, 2001; and

      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the mates of the USS William Seiverling attending the 2001 reunion.

      Senators Eide and Shin spoke to Senate Resolution 2001-8712.


      At 10:12 a.m., on motion of Senator Betti Sheldon, the Senate was declared to be at ease.

      The Senate was called to order at 2:06 p.m. by President Owen.


      Senator Snyder: “Thank you, Mr. President and members of the Senate. The Governor called us in to try and solve the transportation problem that we have in the state of Washington. We had people negotiating in good faith from both sides of the aisle in both houses. We came up with an agreement for a regional plan and for a statewide plan. The Senate has the votes to pass the statewide plan and the regional plan over here. In our negotiations, we said we would pass a regional plan here, which we have the votes for and that the House would pass the statewide plan first. We have been sitting here now and we have made no progress. We have the votes in the Senate to pass both plans. The House--apparently, the word that we have is that the Democrats have at least thirty votes over there for it and we are not able to produce the fifty votes out of there. After talking with leadership of the Republican Caucus and the Senate, and in talking with my members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, we thought the best thing we could do--rather than sit here and become more frustrated everyday and get pressure to pass bills that wouldn’t be considered if we weren’t back here for the transportation package--that we would go into a rolling recess. We hope that, along the way, we can come up with something that would get twenty-five and fifty votes and one down stairs for the packages.

      “Until that time, we are going to adjourn today until next Tuesday. We will come in on either a three day basis or a daily basis until we can get something worked out or until we use up our thirty days. I certainly think that the transportation problem in the state of Washington is of huge, huge significance to the state. I believe if we don’t do something, and start as soon as we possibly can, our economy is going to go into serious doldrums. We have all heard the stories that Boeing probably won’t build their Super Sonic Cruiser in Seattle unless we can solve the transportation problem. Microsoft is talking about expanding in Utah or some other states, rather than the state of Washington. Other businesses are talking about moving out of the state of Washington. I think it is very, very crucial that we keep working and try and come up with a solution to our transportation problems in the state of Washington. If not, four or five or six years from now, when we could very possibly be in a deep recession or depression, I certainly don’t want people looking back and saying, ‘Why didn’t they do something back in 01 when they had the opportunity and we wouldn’t be having these problems?’ I hate to come to this conclusion, but I think it is the best situation and solution that we can come up with at the present time.”


      Senator Haugen: “Thank you, Mr. President. Well, I want to say ‘thank you’ to my fellow Senators on both sides of the aisle, who have worked shoulder to shoulder with me this last week. Without the leadership of people like Dan McDonald and Jim Horn and Bill Finkbeiner and Jim Kastama and Georgia Gardner and Ken Jacobsen, we wouldn’t have had the package that we have here. These are extraordinary individuals who have worked very hard with me. I also want to extend a real ‘thank you’ to our staff. I think few of us realize the many hours that our staff has worked late, late into the night to put together this package.

      “What we have is a proposal that we all can be proud of. It is one, because we have worked together in a united way, that not only addresses the problems in Puget Sound, but has money in it that would solve problems throughout this state. It truly would keep the state of Washington moving. We are going home hoping that the House will take action. I will say that they have not worked as long and as hard as we have. I don’t think they had the understanding that we had. Perhaps, if we give them a few days, they will come around. Again, I want to say ‘thank you’ to my colleagues who worked with me and to our staff who worked so very hard.”


      At 2:12 p.m., on motion of Senator Betti Sheldon, the Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 24, 2001.

BRAD OWEN, President of the Senate

TONY M. COOK, Secretary of the Senate