Sen. Pramila Jayapal of Seattle and Sen. Cyrus Habib of Bellevue voiced their support to a packed room of supporters of the Washington State Voting Rights Act after it was moved to the Senate floor calendar on Tuesday. (TRT: 1:28) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
Organizer and Group: (TRT: 0:07) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “Power to the people! With fair representation! Power to the people! With fair representation!”
A group of over 120 supporters of the Washington Voting Rights Act packed a Senate Hearing room on Tuesday to voice their support of House Bill 1745, the Washington Voting Rights Act. The House of Representatives has passed the bill out of the chamber four years in a row – and each year it has stalled in the Senate. Sen. Pramila Jayapal of Seattle has worked with her Republican counterparts to address concerns with the bill.
Sen. Pramila Jayapal, D- Seattle: TRT: (0:26) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “We have compromised, we have cooperated, we have negotiated – that’s all part of the process. But now it is time to vote. We need the bill to come to the floor. We need to be able to have a vote on it. If people want to vote it down, then vote it down. At least let us know where we stand on this bill. This is not just good policy or good politics, it is the right thing to do.”
On Tuesday, the Washington Voting Rights Act was moved to the Senate floor calendar – a move that puts it one step closer to being voted on. Sen. Cyrus Habib of Bellevue, the bill’s sponsor in the Senate:
Sen. Cyrus Habib, D-Bellevue: TRT: (0:16) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “We know gerrymandering is a problem, but there’s nothing worse than gerrymandering that has a racial dynamic to it, and this bill is going to change that. And, with your help in the next nine days, we’re going to make sure the Senate passes the Washington Voting Rights Act, we get it to the governor’s desk and we start having a role in drawing maps and winning elections.”
In Olympia, Nicole Vukonich.