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2017 Washington Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
April 20, 2017 WA SB 5289 Updates Distracted Driving Infractions and Penalties Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
April 12, 2017 WA HB 1234 Requires Coverage for 12-Month Refills of Contraceptive Drugs Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 1)
April 7, 2017 WA HB 1595 Increases Fees for Public Records Requests Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 4)
April 6, 2017 WA SB 5893 Establishes a Vehicle Valuation Method Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 24)
March 7, 2017 WA HB 1371 Prohibits Texting While Driving Bill Passed - House (52 - 45)
March 6, 2017 WA SB 5289 Updates Distracted Driving Infractions and Penalties Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 13)
March 2, 2017 WA SB 5223 Prohibits Localities from Permitting Heroin Injection Sites Bill Passed - Senate
Feb. 28, 2017 WA SB 5008 Establishes REAL ID Compliance Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 4)
Feb. 22, 2017 WA HB 1843 Amends Public Education Funding Formula Bill Passed - House (52 - 45)

About the Selection and Description of Key Votes

Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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