|Rep. Jake Fey D-27 (Tacoma)|
Sponsor of HB1898
Pierce Transit's bill (HB1898 / SB5793) to allow a smaller zone within the PTBA vote on additional taxes and benefit from additional transit service cleared the House Transportation Committee today, by a 17-14, party-line vote. The bill had substitute language introduced by Representative Fey.
Here are the changes, according to legislative staff:
- Creates a Zone as a separate, independent local government, governed by the members of the transit agency that created it, with specific authority to impose a sales and use tax.
- Allows a city, town, or county to opt out of a Zone prior to creation of the Zone, or at
- the time of reauthorization of Zone.
- Removes the requirement thata Zone include 55 percent or more of the low-income or minority population of the transit agency area and instead requires the establishing transit agency to include a significant amount of that population.
Here's the roll call on the bill:
Do pass: (17)
Signed by Representatives Clibborn, Chair; Fey, Vice Chair; Liias, Vice Chair; Moscoso, Vice Chair; Bergquist, Farrell, Fitzgibbon, Freeman, Habib, Moeller, Morris, Riccelli, Ryu, Sells, Takko, Tarleton, and Upthegrove.
Do not pass: (14)
Signed by Representatives Orcutt, Ranking Minority Member; Hargrove, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Overstreet, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Angel, Hayes, Johnson, Klippert, Kochmar, Kretz, Kristiansen, O'Ban, Rodne, Shea, and Zeiger.
Archived video of the House committee session is available here.