Old Number 6638:
Finally Passed Still Trying to Pass, Like a Kidney Stone
posted by March 13 at 13:02 PMon
That arts funding bill in Olympia I keep hollering about? It finally passed the House. And our much-maligned Representative Chopp even voted yea.
(Quick history: The bill, Old Number 6638, will shunt some money, originally meant to pay off the soon-to-be-paid-off Kingdome, to arts funding, especially 4Culture. It glided across the Senate floor [44 yea to 5 nay] glissaded through the House Finance Committee [7 yea to 2 nay], then got stuck in the House Rules Committee, run by our much-maligned Representative Frank Chopp. Somehow, it was wrested from Rules and onto the floor, where it passed by a less-resounding 67 to 30.)
Read the whole bill history, in romantic legislative shorthand, here.
So who voted nay? Who hates art?
Mr. Alexander, a Republican from the Centralia territory:
Mr. Sump, a Republican from Kettle Falls/Omak territory:
Mr. Hinkle, a Republican from Thorp/Yakima territory:
And a few other Republicans and two Democrats: Tami Green, from the Fort Lewis territory:
And Kelli Linville, from Bellingham territory:
I’ve got a call out to Linville to ask why she—the representative from Bellingham? Home of bluegrass bands, potheads, a liberal university, the Marrowstone Music Festival, and the comic geniuses of the Cody Rivers Show?—hates art.
UPDATE: Re-cork the champagne. Old Number 6638 has not passed. Its amended version (which makes 6638 law only until June 2009—that is, only for a year) is on the Senate floor for vote now. Why it has been amended to only be law for a year (that is, effectively neutralized) is a secret.