Senate Chamber, Olympia, Thursday, April 5, 2012


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 with the exception of Senator Hewitt.

The Sergeant at Arms Color Guard consisting of Senate Security Staff Loren Gregory and Delano Bradford, presented the Colors. Senator Morton offered the prayer.




On motion of Senator Eide, the reading of the Journal of the previous day was dispensed with and it was approved.




At 10:08 a.m., on motion of Senator Eide, the Senate was declared to be at ease subject to the call of the President.




The Senate was called to order at 1:42 p.m. by President Owen.




On motion of Senator Eide, the Senate advanced to the seventh order of business.




ENGROSSED SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8221, by Senators Parlette, Kilmer, Benton, Murray, Brown, King, Hewitt, Becker and Morton.


Amending the Constitution to include the recommendations of the commission on state debt.


The bill was read on Third Reading.




On motion of Senator Ericksen, Senators Benton, Delvin, Hewitt and Zarelli were excused.


      Senators Parlette, Kilmer and Ericksen spoke in favor of passage of the resolution.


The President declared the question before the Senate to be the final passage of Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution No. 8221.




The Secretary called the roll on the final passage of Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution No. 8221 and the resolution passed the Senate by the following vote: Yeas, 41; Nays, 7; Absent, 0; Excused, 1.

      Voting yea: Senators Baumgartner, Becker, Benton, Brown, Carrell, Delvin, Eide, Ericksen, Fain, Fraser, Frockt, Hargrove, Harper, Hatfield, Haugen, Hill, Hobbs, Holmquist Newbry, Honeyford, Kastama, Kilmer, King, Kline, Litzow, McAuliffe, Morton, Murray, Padden, Parlette, Pflug, Prentice, Regala, Roach, Rolfes, Schoesler, Sheldon, Shin, Stevens, Swecker, Tom and Zarelli

      Voting nay: Senators Chase, Conway, Keiser, Kohl-Welles, Nelson, Pridemore and Ranker

      Excused: Senator Hewitt

ENGROSSED SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8221, having received the constitutional majority, was declared passed.




Senator Swecker:  “I just wanted to point out to the members, on your desk is an invitation to Easter Services. let me first say that I hope your all home in your home churches for Easter Service but for any reason you’re here in the Olympia area either Good Friday or Sunday morning, your welcome at Mars Hill Church. The service is going to be held at Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College. Good Friday service starts at 7 and the services on Sunday morning are listed on the back. I put a parentheses around the Olympia campus. If you’re from anywhere else in the Puget Sound area, there are campuses spread throughout, so would welcome you for Easter Services if you happen to be in the area. Thank you.”




At 1:51 p.m., on motion of Senator Eide, the Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2012.


BRAD OWEN, President of the Senate


THOMAS HOEMANN, Secretary of the Senate







Third Reading........................................................................ 1

Third Reading Final Passage................................................. 1


Personal Privilege, Senator Swecker..................................... 1