WashingtonVotes NEWS: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
2015 Missed Votes Report for Legislators released
WashingtonVotes.org has released its annual Missed Votes Report, detailing missed roll call votes on bills for every legislator during the 2015 Regular Legislative Session that adjourned on Friday, April 24th.
WashingtonVotes.org the state’s premier legislative information website, has provided access to objective descriptions of WashingtonVotes News bills, amendments and votes of the Washington legislature since 2002. In addition, the website provides regular news updates to subscribers and website users, as well as a weekly roll call report to media outlets statewide.
2015 Regular Session Quick Facts
- Number of Bills introduced in the Legislature: 2,445
- Number of Bills passed the Legislature: 308
- Number of Roll Call votes in the House: 549
- Number of Roll Call votes in the Senate: 594
- Number of legislators who didn’t miss any of these votes: 95
- Number of legislators who missed more than 50 votes: 6
(*number of bills includes resolutions and memorials)
WashingtonVotes.org Director Franz W. Gregory said: “Lawmakers finished this year’s scheduled 105-day regular session two days early, with many of the votes recorded in the closing days. Lawmakers must still resolve major issues during the special session that starts Wednesday, but they worked at about the same pace as in past sessions. They took 1,143 recorded roll calls and passed 308 bills into law. Only six legislators missed more than 50 votes, and 95 have a perfect roll call record. In comparison, during the 2014 session, 90 legislators had a perfect roll call record with 911 recorded roll calls. So the number of perfect roll call records increased this session even with a 25 percent increase in roll call votes.”
“There are many reasons why legislators miss votes, such as civic or public service obligations, legislative negotiations and medical and family emergencies,” Gregory explained. WashingtonVotes.org contacted the legislators who missed the most votes and gave them an opportunity to comment on their record.
WashingtonVotes.org’s real-time Missed Votes Report database can also be accessed by clicking “Missed Votes Report” on the Home Page. Tallies are available for every year back to 2002. You can see reports from previous years by changing the date criteria at the top of the page. Click on a legislator’s name for detailed information about the votes he or she missed.