Senate Democrats failed on a party-line vote to move a bill that addresses funding for homelessness programs. (TRT: 1:15) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


Senate Democrats on Friday attempted a procedural move that would have brought a House bill stuck in committee to the Senate floor. The move failed along party lines 26-23. The bill would make permanent the $40 document filing fee that provides more than $50 million to programs and shelters in our state who serve and work toward ending homelessness. Sen. Jeannie Darneille of Tacoma sponsored the Senate version of the bill.

Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma: (TRT:35) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “We have spent years working to end homelessness in our state. This lack of attention that has come about has caused a great deal of anxiety among the people who receive those vouchers, among those landlords who receive those checks from government to pay for those folks to stay in their apartments across the state. And it’s created anxiety in our communities where we know that homeless kids cannot achieve success in school. We must pay attention to this problem. We must pay attention to it now in this session.”

Darneille’s version of the bill is still alive in the Senate. She is working with key stakeholders to find a solution to preserve the funds before the Legislature adjourns for the session in less than two weeks.

Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.