News Rep. Pettigrew Bill Hung Up in Senate. Again.
posted by February 7 at 13:50 PMon
Earlier this session, I reported on this bill, writing:
Meanwhile, housing and civil rights activists owe thanks to Slog-fave Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-37, South Seattle) who’s bringing a bill to a vote on the house floor this Friday that will prevent landlords from discriminating against Section 8 tenants (i.e., not renting to them.) The practice—often a cover for racism—is illegal in Seattle, but it’s a problem in south King County and the rest of the state where it’s a-okay.
Section 8 vouchers work like this: Low-income renters who qualify pay 30 percent of their income on rent and the vouchers cover the difference in the total.
The Pettigrew bill passed the house last year, but got killed in the senate by some crummy amendments that caused the sponsors to drop the whole thing.
Well, the bill passed the House again this year (by a landslide), but once again, it’s stalled in the Senate.
Seattle Sens. Adam Kline (D-37, South Seattle) is championing the bill in the judiciary committee, which he chairs.
However, liberal lobbyists advocating for the bill—who I ran into in the exciting cafeteria lobby (pictured below!)—report that the Democratic vice chair, Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48, Eastside Seattle Suburbs) is against the bill, effectively giving the GOP enough votes on the committee to kill it.
I’m waiting for a call back from Tom, a realtor with several Windermere Real Estate donors on his contributor list plus a maximum $700 contribution from the Washington Realtors Assn., to hear what his reservations are.